Mehman Huseynov, the Azerbaijani photo journalist, whose imprisonment two years ago triggered widespread international condemnation, was released from jail on Saturday (2 March) after serving in full his two year prison sentence.
Huseynov was convicted of libel for saying he had been mistreated by police in January 2017.
Shortly after his release Huseynov visited the grave in Baku of Elmar Huseynov (no releation), an Azerbaijani journalist who was shot dead in 2005.
"I came here today to visit Elmar Huseynov's grave. I think there must be journalists who will continue doing what he did," he said. "And I have chosen this way for myself. I have chosen the hardest path in journalism and will continue doing this until the end."
Harlem Desir, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, welcomed the news of Huseynov's release on Twitter.
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photo: Mehman Huseynov before being imprisoned in 2017 (archive picture)
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