The State Abduction on Journalist Afghan Mukhtarli, an investigative report supported by the OPEN Media Hub and produced by Sophiko Zurabiani won the EU Prize for Journalism in Georgia.
Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted from Tbilisi on May 29, 2017 and handed over across the border to the Azerbaijani authorities. He had fled Azerbaijan three years earlier to avoid being arrested for his investigative reporting and thought he was safe in pro-Western and democratic Georgia. This report looks at how the exiled investigative journalist ended up in a Baku prison. Mukhtarli claims that he was abducted from the centre of Tbilisi by the representatives of Georgian criminal police and was illegally delivered to Azerbaijan, where he was detained and sentenced to 6 years in prison on allegations of having crossed the border illegally, smuggling and related charges. Mukhtarli says that his abduction was a joint operation of both the Georgian and Azerbaijani side agreed on the highest state official’s level. This story was aired by Georgian TV Channel Rustavi 2.
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