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BBG Condemns Extended Detention of Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayil tries to greet supporters and journalists outside the Baku courtroom on Januarya 27, when she had her pretrial detention extended.

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today expressed concern about the imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative reporter and contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani Service, and called for her immediate release following a ruling by an Azerbaijani court to extend her Read more »

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Azerbaijan Doubles Journalist’s Jail Time

Femal reporter in radio studio

  WASHINGTON – An Azeri court on January 27 extended the pre-trial detention of independent journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova for an additional two months, in a decision that ignores international condemnation of her imprisonment.  “We are devastated by this decision, which lacks any Read more »

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Russian-Language TV Program Expands To Latvia

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WASHINGTON-  “Nastoyashchee Vremya,” a new Russian-language television program, will launch this evening in Latvia, expanding its reach to audiences in five countries bordering Russia. “The aim of the program is to provide audiences in countries neighboring Russia with an alternative point of view on current Read more »

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BBG Denounces Harsh Treatment of RFE/RL Baku Journalists, Calls for Bureau Reopening

Baku-based RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalists forced from their bureau during raid by police and investigators, 26Dec2014

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today called on Azerbaijani authorities to cease their investigations of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Baku bureau journalists  and to immediately permit the news bureau to reopen. In the past three days 23 RFE/RL journalists were interviewed by Read more »

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RFE/RL Journalists Rounded Up in Baku

Baku-based RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalists forced from their bureau during raid by police and investigators, 26Dec2014

(WASHINGTON — December 27, 2014) Journalists with RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Servicereported today that police are pursuing them individually, going directly to their homes to take them in for questioning following a raid on the service’s Baku bureau yesterday. In a move the bureau’s legal team is Read more »

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BBG Condemns Raid of RFE/RL Baku Office

RFE/RL Baku office sealed by authorities in Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today condemned the raid and closure of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Baku office by Azerbaijani authorities. Investigators from Azerbaijan’s state prosecutor’s office entered the RFE/RL bureau on the morning of December 26 accompanied by armed police officers. They Read more »

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Azerbaijan Raids RFE/RL Baku Bureau

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(WASHINGTON – December 26, 2014)  The Baku bureau of RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service has been sealed shut following a raid this morning by police and investigators from the state prosecutor’s office, which appears to be intended to silence one of the country’s last independent media outlets. RFE/RL editor-in-chief and Read more »

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Prominent Azerbaijani Journalist Sent To Two-Month Pretrial Detention

Khadija Ismayilova

BAKU — A court in Baku has ordered that an investigative journalist with RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, Khadija Ismayilova, be held in pretrial detention for two months. Ismayilova was summoned to appear in the Sabail District court in Baku court on December 5 over a case in Read more »

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Azerbaijan Bars Journalist from Testifying on Corruption

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) urged Azerbaijan to respect the work of independent journalists in remarks made on Capitol Hill yesterday. Senator Cardin, who is co-chair of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, presided at a hearing on “Combating Corruption in the Read more »

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Democracy in Action: BBG Networks Bring Midterm Elections to the World

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WASHINGTON – As voters went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, the media networks within the Broadcasting Board of Governors showcased democracy in action and engaged global audiences with the democratic process. The Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Read more »

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