Visitors to Eurasian countries — Turkey, Russia, Ukraine or, to a lesser extent, Azerbaijan — might be impressed by the sheer number of domestic television channels that offer news programming. But all the coverage doesn’t translate into media plurality.
On the night that Rahim Haciyev accepted the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Guardian Journalism Award, he held aloft a copy of Azadliq, the paper that persevered despite assaults from the government whose misdoings it exposed
Azerbaijani MP Hikmat Mammadov, who is affiliated with the ruling party, told the head of the department for combating human trafficking at the Ministry of the Interior that social media platforms must be regulated, Azerbaijan State Press Agency (APA) reported.
Governments are imposing travel bans to deny the spread of information about the state of repression and corruption in their home countries.
The government of Azerbaijan is waging a war on independent journalism both in the country and abroad.
Media outlets in Azerbaijan routinely deal with torture, assault, raids, imprisonment and endless intimidation, as verified reports submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project show.