teacher arrested over social media posts

On May 22, a high school teacher Jalil Zabidov was arrested and sentenced to five months in prison on charges of hooliganism according to reports. Zabidov was also a member of D18, an opposition movement. According to his family members, and members of the D18 movement, Zabidov often shared stories and news of corruption in […]

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zoom calls between senior opposition figures leaked online

Between May 13 through 17, four different video clips from private Zoom calls were leaked online. The videos were taken from calls that took place between senior members of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF), an alliance representing several opposition parties in Azerbaijan.  The members of the council called the leak a cybercrime committed […]

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political activist targeted online

For almost a month now, political activist, Bakhtiyar Hajiyev has been the target of multiple forms of online attacks. In an interview with AIW, Hajiyev said, from being impersonated online and fake social media accounts in his name, calling for protests, to on-going attempts to break into his social media accounts, it is a comprehensive […]

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social media activist arrested

May 18, activist Elvin Irshadov, known online as “Umari Ali” was reportedly arrested in the city of Lenkoran. A court in Lenkoran sentenced Irshadov to 16days in administrative detention on charges of disobeying police orders on May 19. Irshadov is known for his critical posts online and has been previously warned by city police over […]

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news agency website DDoSed [updated]

Turan, Azerbaijan’s independent news agency was subject to multiple DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks and was briefly blocked.  The incident took place between May 15 through 18. The Agency’s Director, Mehman Aliyev said the hosting provider for the news agency failed due to an overwhelming amount of incoming traffic. In an interview with AIW, […]

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two editors of online news platforms arrested

On May 13, editors Afgan Sadigov, from AzelTV and Sakit Muradov, from Xeberfakt.az were reportedly arrested on charges of extortion. The two were allegedly caught during operation.  According to a statement issued by the Prosecutor General office, both men demanded a total of 15,000AZN from the officials at Sumgayit City Executive power in an exchange […]

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opposition leader’s mobile and internet cut off ahead of live interview [last updated August 6]

[UPDATE] August 6, Baku Court of Appeal rejected to evaluate opposition party leader Ali Karimli and his wife, Samara Seyidova’s complaint against the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of State Security, Special State Security Service, Transportation, Communication and High Technologies Ministry, Azercell mobile operator and AzQtel Internet provider. Having exhausted all domestic remedies, Karimli now […]

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Opposition activist, Instagram account hacked [updated]

May 9, Azerbaijani politician, Gultekin Hajibeyli’s Instagram account hacked and taken down. Instead, a fake profile impersonating Hajibeyli was set up, with her private mobile phone number shared publicly in the profile description. Hajibeyli, was targeted online previously. Such attacks are common in Azerbaijan, where opposition politicians and independent activists are targeted online. Account “break-ins”, […]

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independent news site hacked

On the morning of April 22, an independent online news platform, abzas.net noticed strange activity on its website. Not only did the website lose, a month worth of published articles, but that some articles’ headlines were also changed.  In an interview with AIW, the website’s editor Ulvi Hasanli confirmed the attack. Hasanli said, this was […]

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internet is reportedly down across Azerbaijan

On April 21, several cities and administrative districts across the country reported experiencing internet disruptions. The disruptions were reported on DeltaTelecom one of the only two companies in Azerbaijan licensed to connect international internet traffic [the second one being AzerTelecom]. Delta Telecom is considered the backbone internet provider in Azerbaijan and handles most of the […]

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