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PEN to Honor Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova and her lawyer, Elton Guliyev, walkng outside en route to the offices of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General to respond to a summons to appear. Baku, Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – PEN American Center announced on April 15 that it will honor jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova with the prestigious 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. This award is presented annually to a writer imprisoned or persecuted for his or her work. Ismayilova, who Read more »

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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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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 Welcomes New CEO, Reviews VOA Operations

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C. headquarters and welcomed for the first time Andrew Lack, who joined as CEO and Director in January 2015. “I feel really good about where we are headed,” said Chairman Jeff Shell, remarking 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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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

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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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