Category Archives: RFE/RL

“Airport Donetsk” Wins Prestigious Russian Documentary Film Prize

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic – December 18, 2015)  An unflinching portrait of one of the epic battles in the war between Russia and Ukraine has been named the Best Non-Fiction Short TV Film in Russia’s prestigiousArtDocFest film festival, and brought new recognition to Current Time’s intrepid journalistic […]

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One Year After Ismayilova Arrest, Bill Proposes Sanctions on Azerbaijan

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(WASHINGTON – December 17, 2015) One year since Azeri authorities raided and shut RFE/RL’s Baku bureau and imprisoned prominent contributor Khadija Ismayilova, U.S. Representative Chris Smith has introduced a landmark bill denying U.S. visas to senior members of Azerbaijan’s government. The December 16 announcement came as Rep. Smith […]

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One Year On, Imprisoned Azeri Journalist Remains Defiant, Inspires New Work

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(WASHINGTON — December 4, 2015)  On December 5, prominent journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova will mark her first year in prison on charges that are widely regarded as retribution by Azeri authorities for her reporting exposing corruption among the country’s leadership. RFE/RL has announced that it will launch […]

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New TV Program Brings Facts, Not Lies, To Central Asia

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(WASHINGTON – October 29, 2015)  A new, nightly, current affairs program is providing Russian-speaking television audiences in Central Asia with a balanced and compelling alternative to Russian and Chinese-dominated media in the region. Current Time Asia, launched on September 21, airs on television stations in […]

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Azerbaijan Targets Another RFE/RL Reporter

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(Washington – September 29, 2015)  Police in Baku have ransacked an apartment and seized equipment belonging to an RFE/RL free-lancer in the latest incident in an unrelenting campaign targeting the country’s independent press. Islam Shikhali, a free-lance video journalist working for RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani service, was not […]

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In Blow to Independent Media, Azerbaijan Sentences Ismayilova to 7 1/2 Years

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  (WASHINGTON, September 1, 2015)  A Baku court today sentenced investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison on charges widely believed to be retribution for her reporting on corruption linked to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and members of his […]

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RFE/RL Freelancer Missing In Turkmenistan

Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance journalist and contributor to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service went missing on July 7.

The July arrest of RFE/RL Turkmen Service Correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev is the latest in a series of escalating attacks on independent journalists in Turkmenistan. Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance journalist and contributor to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, is reportedly being held in in a temporary detention facility […]

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Radio Free Iraq Signs Off After 17 Years Of Service

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(Washington — July 30, 2015)  RFE/RL’s Arabic Service to Iraq, Radio Free Iraq (RFI) will air its final broadcast on July 31. The resources of RFI will be merged with Radio Sawa Iraq to provide the audience with extensive Iraq-specific news and informational programming. The […]

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National Press Club Honors Azeri Journalist

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(WASHINGTON – July 29, 2015)  Today, the National Press Club presented its highest press freedom prize to jailed Azeri investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova. Ismayilova has been held in pretrial detention in a Baku prison for 234 days on charges many observers link […]

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U.S. Senators Deplore Azerbaijan’s “Politically Motivated Arrests,” Call For Ismayilova’s Release

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(WASHINGTON — July 9, 2015)  A group of 16 U.S. Senators, led by Minority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), addressed Azeri President Ilham Aliyev with growing concern about “a systematic crackdown on human rights and independent civil society” in Azerbaijan, calling on him in a […]

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  • Imprisoned in Azerbaijan

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    Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014. On Sept 1, 2015 she was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.


    1 year 4 months 24 days

    in prison

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