Board Chairman’s statement on the release of Khadija Ismayilova

Today is a great day, but it is only one step in a long fight for press freedom in Azerbaijan. We remain committed to informing, engaging and connecting the people of Azerbaijan in support of freedom and democracy, and we look forward to celebrating more press freedom victories like today’s.

CEO statement and video on World Press Freedom Day

Freedom of the press is a basic tenet of our democracy and a staple of a free and open society. Upholding press freedom is the top priority of the BBG in its efforts to support accurate, objective journalism around the world.  Our networks play a critical role in engaging audiences to further democratic values through open and free exchanges of information.  They aim to stimulate debate in closed societies and those where free media are not yet fully established, especially where local media fail to inform and empower citizens.