As previously reported on Mediabeak, the European Parliament has recently been petitioned over the issue of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. The Council of Europe has also urged the country to pass a defamation law to clarify and protect press freedom.
The country’s president has since pardoned over 100 political prisoners including five journalists. The journalists included the editor of opposition newspaper, Senet who had been imprisoned following convictions for incitement while another editor was released from his sentence for defamation. It is believed that a further three journalists remain in custody.