No quarter in war on remaining critics
Discontent with crushing all forms of pluralism, President Ilham Aliyev has been waging a relentless war against his remaining critics since 2014. Independent journalists and bloggers are thrown in prison if they do not first yield to harassment, beatings, blackmail, or bribes. Some independent media, such as Zerkalo and Azadlig, have been completely economically stifled. Others, such as Radio Azadlig, have been closed by force. In a bid to silence the most recalcitrant (or those who continue to resist in exile, such as Emin Milli and Ganimat Zahid), the authorities also harass family members. In response to international pressure, the regime released the most famous imprisoned journalists at the start of 2016 but arrested others in the months that followed.
163 in 2016
57.89 in 2016