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POLLS AMID MUZZLED MEDIA AND BLOCKED WEBSITES

10.04.2018 / When it comes to silencing critics, Azerbaijani authorities have been industrious and methodical

Throwing journalists in jail, abducting them from abroad, accusing them of financial misdeeds, blocking websites, hacking social media accounts, imposing travel bans: this is not an exhaustive list of the tactics Ilham Aliyev's government has used to try to ensure the independent media are muzzled and critical voices silenced.

Azerbaijan ranks among the worst jailers of journalists in the world, with at least 10 behind bars on December 1, 2017, when CPJ conducted its annual prison census. But international pressure on Baku has had some impact.

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