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Azerbaijan authorities arrest independent journalists & dissidents

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we discuss the crackdown on independent media in Azerbaijan. As of January 25, at least 11 Azerbaijani media workers remain behind bars due to their work, according to the International Press Institute.

Azerbaijan ranks 151 out of 180 on the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, behind Pakistan, Libya and Sudan. “President Ilham Aliyev has wiped out any semblance of pluralism."

The report says the entire media sector is under official control, and state-owned television is the most popular information source. No independent television or radio is transmitted from within the country, and all print newspapers with a critical stance have been shut down. Most independent news sites, such as Azadliq and Meydan TV, targeted by state censorship, are based abroad.

Guests:

Ilya Lozovsky, staff writer and senior editor at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Vyacheslav Abramov, Central Asian editor at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Resources:

OCCRP: ‘Total Control’: Azerbaijan’s Jails Fill With Journalists and Dissidents as Election Approaches

OCCRP: Independent Media Under Attack in Kyrgyzstan as Court Shuts Down OCCRP Member Center Kloop Media

RSF: Media landscape in Azarbaijan

The Guardian: Azerbaijan accused of crackdown on journalists in run-up to election

France 24:Forbidden Stories continues work of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalists

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.