Another wave of trials of independent journalists in Azerbaijan

first_imgNews June 8, 2021 Find out more December 14, 2017 – Updated on December 15, 2017 Another wave of trials of independent journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Update: On 15 December, a Baku appeal court upheld blogger Mehman Huseynov’s two-year jail sentence, while Aziz Orujov was sentenced to six years in prison. Afgan Mukhtarli’s trial will continue on 28 December. Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenCorruptionJudicial harassmentExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en RSF_EECA 14.12.2017 – As Azerbaijan today begins trying a journalist who was kidnapped and brought back by force from neighbouring Georgia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community to take a firm stand with its government in order to get it to stop hounding the country’s few remaining independent journalists.The trial of Afgan Mukhtarli, which begins today in the northern city of Balakan, is a striking example of the determination with which the regime goes after its critics. An investigative journalist and activist living in exile in the Georgian capital, Mukhtarli was abducted there on 29 May and forcibly returned Azerbaijan, where he was immediately jailed.Despite all evidence to the contrary, the authorities continue to insist that he was arrested at the border and have charged him with smuggling, crossing the border illegally and refusing to comply with instructions from the police.All the requests that the defence presented at an initial hearing on 30 November were rejected. Mukhtarli continues to be held despite being diabetic and suffering from high blood pressure, and despite having lost a lot of weight.Spate of hearings on media casesDecember is proving to be a busy month for court cases involving independent media and journalists. Tomorrow, a court will continue hearing the appeal by Mehman Huseynov, a blogger who was sentenced to two years in prison on a criminal defamation charge in March for describing how he was tortured while previously detained.Four days later, a Baku appeal court is to examine an appeal against the blocking of the leading independent news websites – the sites of the daily newspaper Azadlig, Radio Azadlig, Meydan TV, Turan TV and the broadcast Azerbaycan Saati – which have been inaccessible within Azerbaijan since May.The trial of Kanal 13 TV chief Aziz Orujov, who was arrested in May, was to have continued on 12 December but has been postponed until an unspecified date. Prosecutors are seeking a seven-year jail sentence for him on charges of illegal business activity and abuse of power in connection with his NGO, the Caucasus Research Media Centre, which funds the TV channel.On 8 December, the supreme court upheld an international travel ban on Khadija Ismayilova, a well-known investigative journalist who was jailed on trumped-up charges in 2014 and was freed conditionally in May 2016 as a result of international pressure. She cannot leave Baku and is banned from travelling abroad for the next five years.”All these judicial proceedings are yet further evidence of how journalism is systematically criminalized in Azerbaijan and the most spurious pretexts are used to silence the few remaining critics,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is time to implement the individual sanctions cited by the international community so that the government stops flouting its human rights obligations.”Journalists hounded even in exile The government does not hesitate to abuse Interpol provisions in order to continue persecuting the many Azerbaijani journalists have fled abroad.Fikret Huseynli, a Turan TV journalist living in exile in the Netherlands, where he has refugee status, was arrested at Azerbaijan’s behest while on a visit to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on 14 October. He was released two weeks later but has not been able to get his passport back and is still unable to return to the Netherlands because the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has appealed against his release. The appeal is due to be heard on 20 December.When they cannot get their hands on journalists who have fled abroad, the Azerbaijani authorities target relatives who have stayed behind. Emin Sagiyev, the brother of a Turkel Azerturk, an Azerbaijani journalist now based in the Netherlands, where he hosts a very popular Turan TV programme, was arrested on 17 November for “drug trafficking,” a charge often used against dissidents and their relatives.Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. President Ilham Aliyev’s government has gone all out to eliminate media pluralism in recent years. The leading outspoken media outlets have all been throttled financially or forcibly closed. At least 13 journalists and two bloggers are currently detained in connection with their reporting. June 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenCorruptionJudicial harassmentExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet News to go further News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Developments at Croom and St Itas

first_imgA NEW surgical centre and outpatient facility at Croom orthopaedic hospital along with an increase in the number of long-stay patient beds at St. Ita’s Hospital in Newcastlewest are among developments planned by the HSE in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Confirmation that work is to proceed at both hospitals was welcomed this week by Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan who said that this was as a result of discussions with the Department of Health and the HSE over many months.“Earlier this year, I organised a very productive meeting between Health Minister Leo Varadkar and representatives of the medical team in Croom. Before that, I facilitated a visit by the former Minister James Reilly to St. Ita’s where he met with the Hospital staff and representatives of the Friends of St. Ita’s.“Over the last number of months, I have met with the HSE in the Mid West on a number of occasions in relation to both hospitals to impress upon them the need for investment in the facilities and I am glad now to see that plans are being developed for both locations.”Deputy O’Donovan was told that the plans are at a very early stage “but I believe that the most important thing is that by working with the representatives and volunteers attached to both St. Ita’s and Croom, we have been able to get the HSE to see the value of prioritising the two hospitals for investment.“This initial phase of the process is probably the most important. Without a plan, money cannot be allocated from the HSE budget, so the fact that they have agreed to start this work and already have detailed proposals being put together is very positive.“The next steps will also be challenging where we have to fight for our share of the national HSE capital budget, but I am confident based on the commitment of the HSE locally that working together we can convince the HSE nationally to make these investments”, he added. Previous articleAmbulance crew shortages force stand-downsNext articleGardai arrest suspect in Newcastle West assault Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Facebook Print Advertisementcenter_img NewsCommunityDevelopments at Croom and St ItasBy Bernie English – August 25, 2015 1149 Linkedin Twitter Emaillast_img read more