Azerbaijan wants to be at the table with Western nations when money is up for grabs, but it hasn't acquired the same taste for values about human rights and dignity.
Gulnara Akhundova is a human rights defender with wide-ranging international advocacy expertise. Akhundova has reported on and advocated for scores of Azerbaijani writers and journalists who have been censored, threatened, intimidated, unjustly prosecuted, imprisoned, attacked, blackmailed, or murdered. She has authored and co-authored a number of reports and research pieces on freedom of expression, freedom of the Internet and freedom of the media. Akhundova is based in Copenhagen and serves as program manager at Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia Department at the International Media Support (IMS).