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RFE/RL Journalists Remain Behind Bars, Despite Demands for Release

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WASHINGTON — On February 5, RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova will mark 14 months behind bars in an Azeri prison, despite widespread condemnation of her case and high-profile demands for her release. The day also marks the 38th birthday of RFE/RL Turkmen contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, who has been […]

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Ismayilova Confirms Clooney as Defense Counsel

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(WASHINGTON — January 21, 2016)  The announcement by international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney that she will defend RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights has raised the profile of the case along with hopes among media freedom advocates that the additional attention […]

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New RFE/RL Fellowships Support Independent, Investigative Journalism

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic–December 23, 2015)  RFE/RL has welcomed the 2015-2016 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows to its Prague offices for an eight-month program of professional development aimed at supporting independent journalists in countries lacking a free press. This year’s Havel Fellows are: Knar Khudoyan, Armenia; Zaur Gurbanli, […]

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“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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RFE/RLive: The Case, The Verdict, and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan

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On September 1, an Azerbaijani court sentenced investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison, on charges widely believed to be retribution by Azeri authorities for her reporting on corruption involving the country’s ruling family. This edition of RFE/RLive will examine the […]

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BBG Denounces Sentencing of Azeri Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today expressed outrage and dismay at the sentencing 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. On September 1, a court in Azerbaijan sentenced […]

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