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Tweet for the release of jailed Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov

In the lead up to World Press Freedom Day 2017, join the Thunderclap campaign calling on UNESCO to urge Azerbaijan's authorities to end its crackdown on free expression, starting with the release of blogger Mehman Huseynov.

IRFS

Mehman Huseynov, popular Azerbaijani political blogger and Chairman of IFEX member the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS), has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for reporting on his abuse at the hands of police officials.

Join the Thunderclap campaign to help demand his release and accountability for his treatment!


Background

On 9 January, Mehman Huseynov was abducted by plain-clothed police officers and held overnight. During this time he was subjected to electric shocks and techniques to restrict his breathing.

Upon his release, Mehman spoke openly about his torture to the media and through his widely read blog, SANCAQ Production. Mehman appealed to the prosecutor's office to investigate the act of torture and to start criminal proceedings, but the prosecutor's office refused to launch a criminal case.

For his efforts, the Nasimi District Police Chief filed a criminal libel claim against Huseynov. On 3 March, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison by the District Court. On 12 April the sentence was upheld upon appeal in what IRFS Director Emin Huseynov called a "mockery of justice".

Join the Thunderclap Campaign

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, IRFS is calling on UNESCO to urge Azerbaijan's authorities to end its frantic crackdown on free expression. The release of Mehman Huseynov, dropping of his charges, and an investigation into allegations of torture would be steps in the right direction.

Join them by adding your tweet to support the #FreeMehman campaign and political expression in Azerbaijan!

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