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Azerbaijan loses appeal on defamation case against French journalists

The Azerbaijan state has lost an appeal to bring a defamation case against two French journalists, AP reports.

Azerbaijan attempted to file the case against journalist Elise Lucet and the then-news director of France-2 TV over a 2015 investigative report which called the country a “ferocious” “dictatorship”.

The Versailles Appeal Court upheld a lower court decision throwing out the case, ruling that no state, including Azerbaijan, could bring defamation charges.