Azerbaijan

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

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Christopher Walker, Vice President for Strategy and Analysis, testified on May 23 before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on elections and democratic development in the Caucasus.

 

 

 

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (the IPGA), coordinated by ARTICLE 19, has launched its website www.AzerbaijanFreeXpression.org and Facebook and Twitter profiles ahead of this week’s Eurovision Song Competition, which will commence in Baku, Azerbaijan  tomorrow, May 22.  Looking behind the glitz of Eurovision, the IPGA website examines the alarming freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan, where journalists and others face blackmail, intimidation, violence, and imprisonment for expressing critical views.

Freedom House congratulates Azerbaijani investigative journalist and press freedom advocate Eynulla Fatullayev, winner of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize, for his efforts to promote freedom of expression in one of a world’s most hostile media environments.

The brutal beating of award-winning Azerbaijani journalist, Idrak Abbasov, by the security services of state-owned company, SOCAR, is an unacceptable attack on press freedom in Azerbaijan and should be properly investigated and prosecuted.

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Marc Behrendt is the Director for Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House, with over 20 years of experience working in the Eurasia region in peacebuilding, governance and human rights.

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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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