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092900004685The Forum of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society (EAP CSF) announced the arrested Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarly the winner of the “Journalism Prize of Pavel Sheremet – 2017″.

The Executive Committee of the Forum notes that Afghan Mukhtarly demonstrated courage in the field of freedom of expression in the Eastern Partnership region. The information underlines that Mukhtarly has been arrested for making public the facts of pressure and persecution of civil activists. The award ceremony will take place on October 26 in Tallinn. At the same time, the 9th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will be held in Tallinn.

Mukhtarli was abducted on May 29, 2017 in Tbilisi and brought to Azerbaijan, where he was charged under three articles of the Criminal Code: 315 (resistance to a representative of the government with the use of force), 318.1 (illegal border crossing) and 206.1 (smuggling). Afgan Mukhtarly denies the charges, saying at the trial that his arrest is a political order.

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