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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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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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Members of Congress Speak with RFE/RL in Azerbaijan

screengrab from interview with Senator Cardin

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani Service, Radio Azadliq conducted separate interviews with U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Ben Cardin and Representative Chris Smith, in Baku this week as members of the U.S. delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Read more »

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Azerbaijani Prosecutors Pursue “Absurd” Allegations Against Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova

(WASHINGTON – February 20, 2014) RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalist Khadija Ismayilova was questioned for the third consecutive day today by Azerbaijan’s General Prosecutor’s office, on allegations that she leaked state secrets to U.S. congressional aides visiting Baku. The U.S. Embassy and RFE/RL’s President and CEO Kevin Klose Read more »

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Azerbaijan’s “Spy Network” Charge Escalates Pressure On RFE/RL Journalists

Azerbaijani Journalist Defiant In Face Of Blackmail Bid In March 2012, Khadija Ismailova, a freelanc

(WASHINGTON — February 18, 2014) Accusations of espionage were made against two journalists from RFE/RL’s Azerbaijan Service this week, marking an escalation of longstanding campaigns to silence them. Investigative reporter and Radio Azadliq journalist Khadija Ismayilova was summoned to Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General’s office today as a witness in Read more »

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RFE/RL Azeri Journalists Win Global Investigative Reporting Award

side by side photos of two female journalists

RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service correspondents Khadija Ismayilova and Nushabe Fatullayeva, along with journalists Pavla Holcova and Jaromir Hason, have won a 2013 Global Shining Light Award for their work in exposing “questionable business dealings” involving the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The award was presented Read more »

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Azerbaijani Press Launches New Attacks On Khadija Ismayilova

Azerbaijani Journalist Defiant In Face Of Blackmail Bid In March 2012, Khadija Ismailova, a freelanc

Azerbaijan has ratcheted up its invective against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, attacking her integrity and accusing her of being a “slave” to the U.S., following a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Baku condemning media attacks against her. Ismayilova, author of reports for RFE/RL disclosing Read more »

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