I haven’t realized any reactions to Azeri bloggers’ verdict in Turkish cybersphere but reaction certainly grows around the global blogosphere….
last Updated: 18 Nov, 00:15
AdnanEmin’s Blog, Prison Diary, a new blog from Azerbaijan, has been set up to republish letters sent from prison in the oil-rich former Soviet republic by Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, two detained video blogging youth activists sentenced last week and considered by Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience. The first post carries a message from Milli after his sentence.
Days after the sentencing of two video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan, other bloggers are starting to speak out about the imprisonment of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli. The two online activists will spend 2 and 2.5 years in jail after a trial which most consider to be politically motivated and an attempt to silence dissent in the country.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Two Azerbaijani bloggers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for “hooliganism”, after posting a satirical video on allegations that the Government paid for twelve US$41 thousand (?27.5 thousand) donkeys from Germany. In a ruling on Wednesday, blogger Adnan Hajizade received a sentence of two years and Emin Milli two and a half years. Both have been in prison since their arrest on July 8 for fighting in a cafe in Baku.
Having just returned from the first-ever World Blogging Forum in Bucharest, Romania, it?s time to reflect on the past few days. For one, the event brought many heavy-weight names from the world of online new and social media in the Palace of the Romanian Parliament. The event was even opened by the country?s president, although there were elections underway, it has to be said.
Following last week’s sentence on two video bloggers in Azerbaijan, some blogs in neighboring Georgia have posted critical entries condemning the arrest, trial and imprisonment of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli. This also extends to the relative lack of coverage on the case in the local mainstream media as Dv0rsky notes angrily.