first_img News Follow the news on Azerbaijan News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release of journalist and opposition leader Rauf Arifoglu after 18 months in prison. He was among 114 prisoners whose pardon by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was announced on 20 March 2005.Arifoglu, editor of opposition daily Yeni Musavat and vice-president of the opposition party Musavat, was among 53 “political prisoners” who appeared on a list produced by the Council of Europe last week.”One can only celebrate the fact that there are no longer any journalists imprisoned in Azerbaijan”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. But it said, “The Council of Europe should continue to apply pressure on the Azeri authorities to achieve a lasting improvement in press freedom.”The murder of Elmar Husseynov, editor of the opposition weekly Monitor, on 2 March 2005, has still not been solved,” it added.Arifoglu, who was accused of organising riots that shook the country following contested presidential elections on 15 October 2003, was arrested on 27 October 2003 and held since in Bailov Prison in the capital Baku. He began a hunger strike on 9 February 2004 in protest at his imprisonment but called it off ten days later for medical reasons.Reporters Without Borders had urged the authorities to free Arifoglu during a visit to Baku in December 2003.The Council of Europe on 17 March called on President Aliyev to pardon Azeri political prisoners, saying legislative elections in November 2005 would only be free and fair if opposition leaders were released. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the long awaited release of Rauf Arifoglu, editor of opposition daily Yeni Musavat, on 20 March 2005, after more than 18 months in prison, following a presidential pardon for 114 prisoners. But the worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Azeri government to also act to solve the 2 March 2005 murder of editor Elmar Husseynov. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia March 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rauf Arifoglu finally released “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en to go further Organisation Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information last_img