Eynulla Fatullayev  

Azerbaijan

Eynulla Fatullayev is a journalist and editor-in-chief of the independent Russian language weekly Realny Azerbaijan and Azeri language daily Gundelik Azerbaycan.

He has been critical of the Azerbaijani government, its policies, its violating press freedom and its violation of human rights inAzerbaijan.

    On 30th October 2007 Eynulla was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for charges of defamation, terrorism, incitement of ethnic hatred and tax evasion. And on July 6th 2010 he was sentenced to two and a half years on drugs charges. His appeal hearing to the latter took place on 5th November 2010. On 11th November the court rejected his appeal. The Court however agreed to The European Court of Human Rights request that they quash the original sentence.

Azerbaijan is the site of the Caspian Sea end of a strategic gas pipeline under construction through to central Europe.  It has huge wealth and thus its population generally happy with the government and the status quo.

 

Please note: Eyenulla was released from prison in August 2011.

Almost one year after his release, UNESCO awarded Fatullayev with its 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, on which Fatullayev would accept on World Press Freedom Day in Tunis.

Eynulla Fastullayev   AZERBAIJAN    Detail of water colour study.

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