09 May 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 09 May 2019 Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi Faces Harassment, Threats to Leak Intimate Photos

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner CPJ RSF
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On 7 April 2019, pro-government broadcaster Real TV in Azerbaijan aired a segment, which CPJ has reviewed, which included audio from a private conversation between online TV journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi, who lives in the United States, and another journalist who lives in Europe. During the broadcast, a Real TV anchor accused Osmanqizi of engaging in activities against the state of Azerbaijan. Osmanqizi hosts an online TV program, "Osmanqizi TV," which discusses political issues in Azerbaijan and has featured figures from Azerbaijan's political opposition. She told CPJ that the leaked conversation took place in early April via Facebook's audio calling feature, and she did not know how Real TV obtained a recording of the conversation.

On 21 April 2019, Real TV aired another segment, which CPJ reviewed, during which an anchor threatened to release intimate photos of the journalist in seven days unless she ceased her online TV program and issued an apology. As of May 7, Osmanqizi has continued to broadcast her program, according to a CPJ review of her YouTube page.
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