(IRFS/IFEX) - The first 6 months of 2011 were marred by restrictions on the professional operation of independent mass media. There were numerous provocations, persecutions, physical and psychological harassment and lawsuits against journalists.
On a positive note, Eynulla Fatullayev, the former editor-in-chief of the "Realniy Azerbaidjan" and "Gundelik Azerbaijan" newspapers, was released after spending 4 years in prison, following the signing of a pardon decree by the president of Azerbaijan. His release came almost a year after the European Court of Human Rights declared his innocence and demanded his immediate release.
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