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Azerbaijan Urged To Release Imprisoned Journalist


September 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Reporters Without Borders is calling on Azerbaijan to order the release of a journalist jailed after writing about gas and electricity problems.


The Paris-based media watchdog said Hakim Eldostu Mehdiyev, from the opposition "Yeni Musavat" newspaper, was arrested on September 23 and sentenced to 15 days in prison for resisting arrest after reporting about energy problems in the Autonomous Republic of Naxcivan.


The group also called on the National Security Ministry to put a stop to what it said was the harassment of Mehdiyev's family.

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