Appeal court frees website editor after two days

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information News Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, a political activist and editor of the website www.susmayaq.biz, was released yesterday after being held for just two days. The 12-day prison sentence he had received on 14 January was quashed by a Baku appeal court. His colleagues say the government had him in its sights ever since he posted an article criticising its economic policies.———————————————15.01.07Website editor gets 12-day prison sentenceReporters Without Borders today condemned the 12-day prison sentence passed yesterday by a Baku court on Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, the editor of a news website that has been blocked by the authorities for the past several days for criticising the government’s economic policies.“The arrest of an online journalist, like the censoring of his website, are very bad omens,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope the deterioration in online free expression in Azerbaijan is just temporary and that the authorities are not going to adopt a more repressive Internet development model.”About a dozen policemen arrested Hajiyev at his home on 13 January. His colleagues said his arrest was linked to an article on his website, www.susmayaq.biz, criticising increases in the price of energy and municipal services, which already led to the site being rendered inaccessible in Azerbaijan since 9 January.Hajiyev is well known for criticising the government in his articles. One of his friends, Ramin Hajily, a political activist and former president of the Dalga Youth Movement, announced his intention to create a committee for the defence of Hajiyev’s rights. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says January 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court frees website editor after two days Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Azerbaijan News News June 4, 2021 Find out more Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more