Azeri Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail for Insulting Islam
Azeri reporter Rafiq Tagi (pictured below) brought hatred against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad by writing an article comparing Islamic countries to Europe. Now he will serve 3 years in jail for his heinous crime.
The editor of The Senet newspaper, Samir Sadagatoglu , was in the city of Lankaran, Azerbaijan when the article was published. He was sentenced to 4 years in jail.
Azeri Press Agency has video from the court proceedings.
The two men were caged during their trial.
Two journalists in Azerbaijan were sentenced to jail for their writings against Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.
A court in Azerbaijan has jailed two journalists for writing and printing a newspaper article that was critical of the Islamic religion and the Prophet Muhammad.
Samir Sadagatoglu, chief editor of the Senet weekly newspaper, was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday, while Rafik Tagi, a journalist at the paper, was given three years.
The court ruled that their article ‘Europe and us’ was insulting to Islam and Muslims for saying that European societies were more successful than Muslim ones because Christian teachings were based on peace and tolerance while Islamic values, based on the teachings and actions of Muhammad, were not.
“Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based media watchdog, criticised the court’s decision”
“It was announced during sentencing that … the article contained ideas charged with hatred for Islam and the Prophet Mohammad and these actions of the paper were directed towards inciting religious hatred and enmity,” the court’s spokesman said after the guilty verdict was announced.
Back in November… famous Iranian religious man Ayatollah Mamhammad Fazil Lenkarani gave a death judgment to the authors for the blasphemous article.