police detains peace activist. meanwhile activists face restrictions on Facebook

On September 20, police in Baku arrested a political activist, and the chairman of the Democracy 1918 (D18) movement Ahmed Mammadli. Mamadli was detained by men in non-uniforms and later sentenced to 30 days in administrative detention on bogus charges. The local police claimed Mammadli was arrested on the grounds of resisting the police. Mammadli […]

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prosecutor’s general office warns online news platform

On September 22, Aziz Orujov, the director and founder of Kanal 13, an online television platform, was questioned by the Prosecutor’s General office, according to reporting by Meydan TV.   In an interview with Meydan TV, Orucov said, the Prosecutor’s Office claimed, Kanal 13 published video items damaging the reputation of the Azerbaijani Army, and casting […]

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online news platform hacked, content and followers removed

On September 16, Toplum TV, an online news platform had its Facebook page hacked. The hacker accessed the account by hacking one employee’s personal Facebook profile. As a result, the news platform lost 26k of its followers and two weeks’ worth of shared content.  In an interview with Meydan TV, the platform’s director, journalist Khadija […]

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in Azerbaijan State Security Service blocks TikTok during the most recent clashes [Updated September 17]

Users of the social media platform TikTok in Azerbaijan started reporting difficulties accessing the application as early as September 13. On September 14, the State Security Service announced its decision to block access to the platform entirely on the grounds the platform was casting a shadow over the military activities, revealing military secrets, and forming […]

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authorities arrest journalist, editor of an online news platform [Updated September 22]

[Update] The General Prosecutor’s Office claims, journalist Avaz Zeynalli conspired with others in extortion according to reporting by Meydan TV. The journalist stands accused of collaborating with the head of Seda TV, Elnur Shukurov in getting permissions for land privatization in Baku and Sumgayit. Shukurov was arrested on September 15 on charges of unlawful influence on […]

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a poet gets questioned over a poem dedicated to the first lady

After posting a poem dedicated to the first lady of Azerbaijan on the occasion of her birthday, the poet, Ibrahim Khudai was called into questioning. Shortly before his visit he removed the poem from the social media platform Facebook according to reports.  According to Khudai statements to the media, he was called in not for […]

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Litigating Pegasus in Azerbaijan: Addressing harms of the government-sponsored surveillance on civic groups in the absence of legal guarantees

In the following featured legal analysis, AIW looks at the litigation work carried out thus far in Azerbaijan on devices infected by Pegasus. Specifically, this legal analysis looks at how Pegasus spyware was deployed to monitor journalists, lawyers, and activists in Azerbaijan and the legal steps taken within the existing national legislative framework to mitigate […]

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Activist beaten, Facebook posts removed

Political activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was unlawfully detained yet again according to reports by Azerbaijani media. During the interrogation, which lasted six hours, Hajiyev’s Facebook posts in which he criticized the Ministry of the Internal Affairs were removed.  In his own statement, Hajiyev said, he was threatened that less he removed the posts, and stops writing […]

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political activist arrested over a question asked during live online discussion

Magsud Aliyev, a political activist, was arrested on August 16 and sentenced to 30 days in administrative detention on charges of disobeying police according to local media reports. Speaking to Turan News Agency, Aliyev’s father, Faig Aliyev, said the family was not aware of their son’s arrest until they heard it from his friends, days […]

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police demands arrest of a political activist [Updated September 5]

[Update] On September 5, a local court sentenced Rahimova to 460hours of community service. Rahimova’s lawyer said they will be appealing the decision.  Gulnara Rahimova is a member of the opposition Popular Front party. On August 11, Rahimova shared a Facebook post in which she described how she was unlawfully detained while on her way […]

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