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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 Read more »

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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 Read more »

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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 Read more »

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Martí Contributor Arrested Covering Fatal Building Collapse

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While capturing video of a deadly building collapse in Havana, independent reporter and Martí contributor Ignacio Gonzalez was arrested and detained on Wednesday, July 15. Heavy rainfall had contributed to the collapse that killed at least four people, including a three year old child, in a Read more »

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Independent Journalist Detained in Cuba

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The Office of Cuba Broadcasting has learned that Martí Noticias contributor and coordinator of the independent video production group Palenque Vision Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina was detained overnight and held for several hours by Cuban authorities.  According to the police, Mr. Lobaina did not have his Read more »

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Azeri Journalist’s Jail Sentence Extended on Eve of European Games

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(WASHINGTON – May 15, 2015) An Azeri court ruled on May 14 to extend the imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor who was jailed last December in what is widely viewed as an act of retribution by Azeri authorities for exposing corruption linked to 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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World Responds to Jailings of RFA Uyghur Service Reporter’s Brothers

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Chinese authorities have long targeted Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service journalist Shohret Hoshur for his coverage of sensitive issues in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Last year, Shohret’s three brothers were jailed for “violating state security laws” and allegedly “leaking state secrets” after discussing the Read more »

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Burke Award Recipient has Possessions Seized in Cuba

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When Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina, recipient of the 2014 David Burke Distinguished Award for Journalism returned to his country after a brief tour of New York, Washington D.C. and Miami, he walked right back to the everyday reality of living in Cuba. On January 26th, customs 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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