Azeri bloggers imprisoned for satrical YouTube vid

This video landed a pair of Azeri bloggers in prison. The Committee to Protect journalists is rightfully rising to their defense.

I’m not exactly keyed into the politics of Azerbaijan, but my understanding is that the depiction of a “press conference” with a donkey is a satire of the high prices that government officials in Azerbaijan have paid to import donkey’s from Germany. It’s a sad day for freedom of speech when something has harmless as dressing as a talking donkey lands you in jail. H/t Ethan Zuckerman

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