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Azerbaijan - Five-year jail term for editor two weeks before presidential election

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the five-year-jail sentence that a serious crimes court in Baku passed yesterday on Hilal Mammadov (Хилал Маммадов), editor of the Talysh-language newspaper Tolishi Sado, on trumped-up charges of drug trafficking, inciting hate, and high treason. Detained since 21 June 2012, Mammadov defends the rights of Azerbaijan's Talysh minority, who speak a language similar to Persian and live mainly in the south of the country. “This sentence was only to be expected after the (...)

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