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Azerbaijan: Opposition Journalists Face Free-Flat Conflict

Should newspaper reporters get free apartments from the government? (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

In Azerbaijan, opposition journalists have long been beaten, blackmailed and some even killed. But now, it appears a few are being bought.

When it comes to media freedom, President Ilham Aliyev’s administration has a dismal record. In recent years, the government has tended to resort to the stick to go after journalists who expose official misdeeds, or otherwise vex people in high places. With a presidential election fast approaching in early October, however, authorities have evidently opted to offer a few carrots in the hopes of quelling critical news coverage

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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance correspondent based in Baku.

Azerbaijan: Opposition Journalists Face Free-Flat Conflict

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