It's looking like Azerbaijan just can’t get by without having at least one editor in jail. The editor-in-chief of Khural newspaper, Avaz Zeynallov, was arrested on October 28, just months after another controversially jailed newspaper editor, Eynulla Fatullayev, was released.
Zeynallov may be facing serious charges of blackmail and bribery, but, given Azerbaijan’s record of jailing journalists/bloggers critical of the government, local observers are erring on the side of skepticism. Before his arrest, Zeynallov crossed the country’s ruling elite with a series of articles about corruption allegations.
If found guilty, he faces a punishment of up to 12 years in jail and the confiscation of personal property.
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