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Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Wins PEN Award

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(WASHINGTON — April 16, 2015) Jailed Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded PEN American Center’s 2015 Barbara Goldsmith Freedom To Write Award, given annually to “an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising her right to free expression.” RFE/RL Editor in Chief Read more »

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RFE/RL Announces Journalism Prize Honoring Slain Baghdad Bureau Chief

Memorial event for RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Cief Mohammed Bdaiwi, Baghdad, 23Mar2015

  (WASHINGTON — March 26, 2015)  One year after its Baghdad bureau chief was slain, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has launched the Muhammad Bdaiwi Memorial Journalism Prize to pay tribute to his career by recognizing the best examples of radio journalism in Iraq.  “In this way, Read more »

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Villager Named Radio Free Afghanistan’s Person of the Year

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(WASHINGTON — March 21, 2015) To mark Norouz, the Afghan New Year, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan has named Jawas Khan, a farmer residing in a remote village in the country’s Khost province, the recipient of its eighth annual Person of the Year award. Khan, a 38-year Read more »

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Azerbaijan Ratchets Up Pressure on Ismayilova

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(WASHINGTON – March 6, 2015)  In unscheduled, snap proceedings today, the Baku City Nasimi District Court extended investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova’s pre-trial detention for an additional two months, until May 24.  According to the Azerbaijani state prosecutor’s office, the extension is necessitated by Read more »

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Azeri Authorities Renew Attacks Against RFE/RL Journalists

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

(WASHINGTON – February 23, 2015)  RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports that authorities in the country took several actions against its journalists today, continuing a string of attacks that began in December last year. In a closed-door trial that was called suddenly on February 23, investigative journalist and RFE/RL Read more »

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BBG Condemns Extended Detention of Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova 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

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  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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    Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014.


    8 months 25 days

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