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Azerbaijan Charges Journalist with Espionage after Deportation by Turkey

Washington

Freedom House expresses its grave concern for the fate of Azerbaijani journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov, who was deported from Turkey on April 19 and immediately charged with espionage when he arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan.

"The circumstances of Turkey’s decision to deport the journalist Raul Mirkadyrov and his immediate arrest in Azerbaijan are highly suspicious, coming shortly after a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan to Baku,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “The governments of both Turkey and Azerbaijan are obligated to ensure Mr. Mirkadyrov's safety, and the charges against him should be dropped."

Azerbaijan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2013 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013. 

To learn more about Azerbaijan, visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: Azerbaijan
Freedom of the Press 2013: Azerbaijan
Freedom on the Net 2013: Azerbaijan
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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