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Azerbaijan Sues French Journalists, In France, For Defamation

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, at an event handing over free apartments to government-friendly journalists. Azerbaijan has sued two French journalists for defamation for calling the country a "dictatorship." (photo: president.az)

Two French reporters appeared in a Parisian court on September 5 to face charges that they defamed Azerbaijan by calling it a “dictatorship.”

One of the journalists, Elise Lucet, called Azerbaijan “one of the world’s harshest dictatorships” in a “Cash Investigation” program broadcast on the France 2 television network in September 2015. The other, Laurent Richard, referred to the state as a dictatorship during a radio interview with France Info following his May 2014 arrest during a reporting trip in Baku.

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Azerbaijan Sues French Journalists, In France, For Defamation

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