AZERBAIJAN / Detained August 29, 2014
UPDATE: Awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Free Media Prizes for Independent Journalism in Eastern Europe in 2016.
Seymur Hezi (or Haziyev) an Azerbaijani journalist, a reporter for the newspaper Azadliq, a leading anchor for opposition satellite Azerbaijan Saati (Azerbaijani Hour) TV program and a senior politician with the Front Party of Azerbaijan. He is accused of hooliganism. Authorities said that while waiting for a bus on his way to work, Hezi attacked and beat a Baku resident. In January, 2015 he was sentenced to five years in jail. His appeal was rejected on April 15, 2016. Lend your voice and share a solidarity tweet to help #SetThemFree!