In November 2023, several journalists and a member of the administrative team from Abzas, an online investigative media focusing on human rights in Azerbaijan, were arrested by the country's authorities. A few days later, Forbidden Stories, an international consortium of investigative journalists, announced that it was continuing Abzas's work on several investigations in partnership with a dozen international media organisations including FRANCE 24.
Alongside a consortium of investigative journalists, RFI and FRANCE 24 are continuing the investigations of imprisoned journalists from independent Azerbaijani news outlet Abzas Media. This work, published since Thursday, February 1 by a dozen partner media organisations* brought together by Forbidden Stories, lifts the veil on several cases Azerbaijani authorities would apparently prefer to keep quiet. Members of the consortium worked on several investigations into activities centred around a gold mine, acts of torture committed in the country's prisons and how international tensions are weighing on presidential elections.
Torture continues in Azerbaijan's jails, but so does European cooperation
In the run-up to Azerbaijan’s February 7 presidential election, the repression of President Ilham Aliyev’s opponents, as well as NGOs and independent journalists still active in the country, has intensified. Daniel Vallot, Karina Chabour and Roméo Langlois investigate the practice of torture in Azerbaijani detention centres. The journalists also examine the continuing cooperation between European institutions and the country's judicial and prison systems.
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