Affiliated media: Microskop Media, Journalist
Incident date: October 5, 2021
- Non-fatal attack / beating / injury / torture
Who attacked: Authorities
Location: Azerbaijan, Baku
On October 5, a group of activists of the Azerbaijani Popular Front Party held a protest in front of the Specialized Treatment Facility of the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan. The activists demanded the release of the party member Niyameddin Ahmedov. They called local media and human rights activists not to remain indifferent to the fate of the arrested party members. They pointed out that they gathered in connection with Niyameddin Ahmedov, having been on a hunger strike for 13 days in the mentioned penitentiary institution. In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, police officers demanded that the protesters disperse. The journalists were detained by force, taken to the district police department, and later released. All the detained journalists had their phones confiscated but later returned.