Azerbaijan: Mixed messages on freedom of expression

Index Number: EUR 55/002/2008

Azerbaijan continues to imprison journalists for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. Physical assaults against journalists in 2006 and 2007 remain unpunished, contributing to a climate of impunity. Amnesty International is calling upon the Azerbaijani authorities to fulfil their legal obligations to guarantee freedom of expression. They should release prisoners of conscience; decriminalize defamation; ensure thorough, independent and impartial investigation into attacks on journalists; and bring perpetrators to justice.

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