Unrelenting war against the last critical voices
Not content with crushing all forms of pluralism, President Ilham Aliyev has been waging a relentless war against his remaining media critics since 2014. Independent journalists and bloggers are jailed on absurd grounds if they do not first yield to harassment, beatings, blackmail or bribes. Independent media, such as Zerkalo and Azadlig, have been stifled economically. Others, such as Radio Azadlig, have been closed by force. The main independent news websites are blocked. In a bid to silence those who continue to resist in exile, the authorities harass their family members still in Azerbaijan. The regime has also exported its repression by having journalists detained in Georgia and Ukraine, and sued in France. It is only under pressure that the regime retreats – pressure that is needed more than ever.
163 in 2018
59.73 in 2018