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Ismi Aghayev

Ismi has worked as a journalist for over 5 years and is passionate about multimedia journalism. He is interested in peacebuilding and human rights. Ismi speaks five languages and has a particular love for his academic knowledge of Arabic. He thinks volleyball makes him hyper and social, and since these are two of his favourite conditions, he considers volleyball his favourite sport.

Rape suspect accused of hacking computer and harassing victim during trial

Asgar Aghazadeh is accused of raping Azerbaijani public activist Sanay Yaghmur in 2020, when she was 17 years old.

Pashinyan confirms the city of Lachin to be handed to Azerbaijan 

In an online press conference that lasted over three-and-a-half hours, Pashinyan dedicated considerable time to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Hunger strike of Azerbaijani religious leader continues

Taleh Baghirzade has been on hunger strike since 3 June in protest against the arrest and alleged torture of members of his organisation.

Azerbaijani activists to hold Pride events for first time in history

Activists have not yet announced the dates and formats of events, citing security concerns.

Protest in Azerbaijani by relatives of detained activists deported from Germany 

Several political activists who had sought asylum in Germany have been deported and then arrested in Azerbaijan.

Opposition figures among 213 people pardoned in Azerbaijan

Those pardoned included Saleh Rustamli, a prominent member of the Azerbaijani Popular Front Party.

Anti-government protest allowed to go ahead in Baku 

Dozens of people gathered in Baku's central Fountain Square over the weekend in protest against violence and threats toward government critics.

Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers discuss normalisation

Statements from Armenia and Azerbaijan about the meeting made it unclear if a wider peace deal was discussed.

Azerbaijani journalist ‘threatened at knifepoint’ over child murder investigation

Aytan Mammadova said she was attacked by an unknown assailant in the elevator of her home in Baku.

Censorship and violence: the challenges to press freedom in the Caucasus in 2022

OC Media spoke with journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Daghestan, and Georgia about the challenges they must overcome to report the news.

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