PEN to honor jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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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 remains in pre-trial detention in Baku, Azerbaijan, will be honored on May 5 – five months since she was imprisoned on December 5, 2014.