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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Two Azerbaijani Bloggers Remain In Jail After Using Donkey As Clip

Posted by Info on 11/03/2010

Hajizade and Milli had posted the video on YouTube in 2009, which made fun of Azerbaijan’s government and what they portrayed to be the country’s softball press. Featured was an actor dressed up as a donkey holding a press conference—the donkey, of course, representing the government. Two were charged with hooliganism immediately after the video appeared online and have been in jail ever since.

Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli lost an appeal Wednesday
asking for them to be released from their respective 2 and and 2.5 year sentences. Their lawyer vowed to continue appealing all the way up to the Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

“FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION…IS APPLICABLE NOT ONLY TO “INFORMATION” OR “IDEAS” THAT ARE FAVORABLY RECEIVED OR REGARDED AS INOFFENSIVE OR A MATTER OF INDIFFERENCE, BUT ALSO TO THOSE THAT OFFEND, SHOCK OR DISTURB THE STATE OR ANY SECTOR OF THE POPULATION”

European Court Of Human Rights, ruling, Handyside v. the United Kingdom, 1976

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