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17 May 2016 |

A race against F1 in Azerbaijan

A race against F1 in Azerbaijan Ahead of Baku's first Grand Prix, activists are calling for a very different type of quick release.
24 March 2016 |

On eve of trial, leading free expression groups call on Turkey to drop charges against Dündar, Gül

On eve of trial, leading free expression groups call on Turkey to drop charges against Dündar, Gül Dündar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the newspaper's Ankara representative, face accusations of aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents for reports in Cumhuriyet claiming that Turkey's intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
18 March 2016 |

Relief felt as 15 political prisoners are released in Azerbaijan

Relief felt as 15 political prisoners are released in Azerbaijan The release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, say the Sport for Rights Coalition, but dozens of others remain in Azerbaijani jails.
15 March 2016 |

Kazakhstan must ensure impartiality of actions towards Mateyev

Kazakhstan must ensure impartiality of actions towards Mateyev A joint letter to Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev calling for review of recent state actions towards Seytkazy Matayev and the National Press Club.
27 January 2016 |

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists International free expression groups condemn the government's refusal to allow supporters to visit journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, who are behind bars for reports claiming that Turkey's intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
18 December 2015 |

Turkish government uses methods "incompatible" with democratic society to silence media

Turkish government uses methods In this letter to Turkish President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, members of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, express grave concerns over the Turkish government’s flagrant violations of media freedoms.
11 December 2015 |

Civil society calls for investigation into surveillance of journalist Cătălin Tolontan

Civil society calls for investigation into surveillance of journalist Cătălin Tolontan IFEX members call for an immediate investigation into spying operations in Romania incompatible with free and democratic society.
7 December 2015 |

RSF launches international appeal for release of ​Cumhuriyet journalists

RSF launches international appeal for release of ​Cumhuriyet journalists “The judicial system seems to prosecute journalists more often than the accomplices of Daesh (Islamic State). Turkey is a great country, with democratic institutions and a very open civil society. We appeal to the government, as a matter of honour, to restore all the conditions of pluralism, starting with freedom for journalists.”
27 November 2015 |

Protect Hungarians' right to criticise public officials, say IFEX members

Protect Hungarians' right to criticise public officials, say IFEX members IFEX members support the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union's draft law to decriminalise libel and defamation of public officials
12 November 2015 |

International community calls for the release of VICE fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool

International community calls for the release of VICE fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool Members of the IFEX network and other concerned organisations demand justice for wrongful imprisonment of Mohammed Ismael Rasaool
1 September 2015 |

Groups condemn "staggering" sentence for award-winning journalist

Groups condemn Sport for Rights considers the charges against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to be connected to her exposure of corruption among the ruling Azerbaijani elite.
14 August 2015 |

Rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus get severe jail sentences

Rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus get severe jail sentences The Sport for Rights coalition condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus on 13 August by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.
31 July 2015 |

Leyla Yunus: One year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan

Leyla Yunus: One year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan One year ago, on July 30, 2014, human rights defender Leyla Yunus was arrested and charged with treason, fraud, forgery, tax evasion, and illegal entrepreneurship. Her arrest marked the start of a period of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan.
10 July 2015 |

Perpetrators still at large, two years after murder of Russian journalist

Perpetrators still at large, two years after murder of Russian journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev was shot dead on 9 July 2013 as he left for work in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He had actively reported on human rights violations against Muslims by the police and Russian army.
22 May 2015 |

Olympic officials should insist on prisoner releases prior to European Games in Baku

Olympic officials should insist on prisoner releases prior to European Games in Baku "Quick to praise President Ilham Aliyev's preparation for the inaugural European Games, the EOC leadership has so far maintained a public silence in the face of serious abuse and repression by Azerbaijan's government against its critics."
13 May 2015 |

Lithuania's defamation reform bill doesn't go far enough

Lithuania's defamation reform bill doesn't go far enough A defamation reform bill pending before the Lithuanian Parliament would constitute a welcome step in the right direction, but should be further amended to meet international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Article 19 said, following a joint two-day mission to Lithuania.
10 December 2014 |

Council of Europe urged to suspend Azerbaijan following Khadija Ismayilova's arrest

Council of Europe urged to suspend Azerbaijan following Khadija Ismayilova's arrest Following the pre-trial detention of prominent journalist Khadija Ismayilova, civil society groups call upon the Council of Europe to suspend Azerbaijan from its membership until Azerbaijani authorities drop all charges against NGO representatives, lawyers and journalists currently in detention.
1 December 2014 |

Belarusian journalists accused of taking part in an "unauthorized action"

Belarusian journalists accused of taking part in an Belarusian authorities are being called upon to drop charges against journalists who were accused by the police of holding an unauthorized action. The charges were brought against the group after they took a picture in Vitebsk to support the European Federation of Journalists' Stand Up For Journalism Day.
4 November 2014 |

Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to 25 days in detention, just one day after arrest for "hooliganism"

On 30 October a Baku court sentenced opposition journalist Khalid Garayev to 25 days in detention on trumped-up charges of hooliganism and disobeying the police.
16 October 2014 |

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in the country.


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