European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Bruxelles, 09/12/2014 - 09:53, UNIQUE ID: 141209_01
Statements by the Spokesperson

The arrest of investigative journalist Ms Khadija Ismayilova by the Azerbaijan authorities last Friday, and her commitment to pre-trial detention on a charge of 'incitement to suicide', is a step against the freedom of expression, key to any democratic society.

Azerbaijan needs to stand fully by its international commitments, as a member of the OSCE and the Council of Europe, to ensure the freedom of the press. The EU will closely follow developments in Ms Ismayilova's case.

Catherine Ray +32 498 96 99 21 - +32 2 296 99 21 -  Catherine.Ray@ec.europa.eu -  @CatherineEUspox

Maja Kocijancic +32 498 984 425 - +32 2 298 65 70 - Maja.Kocijancic@ec.europa.eu -  @MajaEUspox

Eamonn Prendergast +32 460 75 32 93 - Eamonn.Prendergast@ec.europa.eu

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