Ganimat Zahidov is a chief editor of the newspaper Azadlig (“freedom” in Azerbaijani), which was founded in 1989. As one of the remaining independent news sources on Azerbaijan, it reports about mass media restrictions and human rights violations committed in the country. In November 2007 he was arrested on a trumped-up charge of hooliganism and he was sentenced to four years in prison, but he was released on 11 March 2010. After his release, he and his family members were seriously threatened and subsequently fled to France in 2011. In exile, Ganimat Zahidov continued to run "Azadlig" and launched a television program “Azerbaijan Hour” which is broadcast by satellite for a few hours each week. "Azadlig" reports on trials of Azerbaijani human rights defenders detained during the 2014 crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan.