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Thousands in Azerbaijan Mourn Slain Journalist

Thousands of mourners in Azerbaijan have turned out for the funeral of magazine editor Elmar Husseinov, who was gunned down earlier in the week.

Opposition supporters gathered for the funeral procession Friday protested what they say are oppressive media conditions.

Mr. Husseinov worked for the weekly Monitor, which has been critical of the government. He had previously been fined and jailed for his work.

He was found shot to death outside his apartment in Baku Wednesday. The United States has sent an FBI agent to help find those responsible for the killing.

President Ilham Aliyev ordered a swift investigation into the attack, calling it a serious provocation against the state and authority.

Media groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, have condemned the killing and expressed concern about what they describe as government harassment and repression of the media.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.