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Elmar Huseynov

Elmar Huseynov (17 July 1967 – 2 March 2005) was an independent Azerbaijani journalist, widely known for his harsh criticism of Azerbaijani authorities, especially incumbent president Ilham Aliyevand his father and predecessor Heydar Aliyev. He was murdered in March 2005.

Elmar Huseynov was born in 1967 in Baku and educated as an engineer.

He began his journalistic career in the 1990s, first writing in a Russian daily newspaper in Azerbaijan titled Zerkalo and then as the editor-in-chief a weekly called Alver. In 1996, he created a press agency called Trend and Monitor. In 1998 he was convicted for “insulting the nation” and was forced to close the Monitor being unable to pay the fine. In August 1998, he opened the Baku boulevard. In November 1999, he also published the weekly Baku news, which was closed after eight editions. In February 2000, he became the editor of the Weekly monitor. The Baku boulevard was closed onSeptember 4 by court order. Huseynov received many awards for his journalism. During his career he received many threats and was subjected to harassment by authorities ranging up to incarceration.

He was murdered in Baku on 2 March 2005.

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