Azerbaijan

9.3 million people
5,290 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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khadija ismayilova azerbaijan journalist

In response to a court in Baku, Azerbaijan sentencing journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7.5 years imprisonment in retaliation for her reporting on pervasive government corruption, Freedom House issu

Azerbaijan has suffered the greatest decline in democratic governance among Eurasian countries over the past decade.

Jennifer Dunham
Project Manager, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press
Elen Aghekyan
Research Assistant, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

To promote press freedom in this diverse set of countries, the EU will need to both step up its overall effort and customize its approach to meet the needs of each society.

Khadija Ismayilova, whose trial on trumped-up charges is set to begin on July 24, plays a role in Azerbaijani society that goes far beyond her core work as an investigative journalist.

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Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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