Affiliated media: Cenub.az, Editor-in-chief
Incident date: April 14, 2022
- Criminal/administrative prosecution excluding (1), (2) and (3)
Who attacked: Authorities
Location: Azerbaijan, Masalli
«Zahir Amanov, the founder and editor-in-chief of the regional news website Cenub.az, was detained by police in the Masalli district. He was detained during the day at the editorial office. The law enforcement agencies reported that Amanov was detained on the complaint of Israfil Aliyev, head of the administration of the village of Sygdash, Masalli district. Amanov allegedly blackmailed him by threatening to publish compromising material and was detained red-handed while receiving AZN 1,500. In connection with this, a criminal case was opened under Article 182.1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan (extortion by threat) – says the statement of the leaders of several journalistic organisations and media outlets to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan Vilayat Eyvazov.