Since the March 2005 murder of Monitor magazine editor-in-chief Elmar Huseynov, dozens of journalists have been the victims of violent attacks in Azerbaijan. In virtually no cases of violence against journalists since 2005 have the perpetrators been identified and brought to justice.
Also worrisome is the use of intimidation, harassment, threats, and blackmail against journalists in Azerbaijan. The authorities have consistently failed to seriously investigate and prosecute these incidents, and journalists who report threats are rarely provided with adequate protection.
The use of violence and intimidation has created a climate of fear for journalists and impunity for those wishing to silence critical voices. Among the most devastating impact of this vicious cycle has been widespread self-censorship. Few journalists remain willing to undertake the serious risks associated with pursuing critical investigative journalism in Azerbaijan.
The IPGA is campaigning for those responsible for attacks against journalists to be brought to justice and for the creation of a climate where journalists can carry out their work without fear of reprisal.
The Azerbaijani government hopes that the glitz of Eurovision will blind the international community to its shocking human rights record. Show you support by signing IPGA member Index on Censorship‘s petition here.