Sex and blackmail in Azerbaijan
Sex and blackmail in AzerbaijanAzerbaijani journalists claim that government intimidation limits free speech.
With a ranking of 162 (out of 179) on the latest Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, Azerbaijan democracy, especially freedom of the press, has been under greater scrutiny in recent months.
Azerbaijani journalists and activists paint a grim picture of its government - one that includes corruption, intimidation and fear. But some politicians in Europe tell a different story - one of a young country working toward democracy.
We examine the challenges facing Azerbaijan and why journalists feel they are under attack. In this episode of The Stream, we speak with award-winning journalist Khadija Ismayilova (@Khadija0576); Murad Gassanly, Director of the Azerbaijan Democratic Association UK; and Nargiz Gurbanova, Deputy Chief of Mission of Azerbaijan’s Embassy in the US.
What do you think? Why do Azerbaijani reporters say they face blackmail and beatings? Why don’t we hear more about this side of Azerbaijan? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.