OSCE: Harassment of Ismayilova Must End

The Organization for Security and Cooperation, OSCE, this week called for an end to the continued harassment of award-winning investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan. In the latest of years of harassment and arrests, a Baku court has ordered Ismayilova to pay 23,000 Euro in back taxes allegedly owed by her former employer, Radio Free Europe (RFE). For reporting on corruption among Azerbaijan's ruling elite, she has been repeatedly detained, smeared by government-friendly media, accused of treason, tax evasion and theft and and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison based on fabricated charges.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: December 26, 2018

Ismayilova Hits One-Year Mark in Prison

A year has passed since Azerbaijan officials imprisoned investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova on trumped up charges. Since that time, the Khadija Project has completed nearly 20 stories continuing her work, revealing extraordinary corruption by Azerbaijan's ruling elite. More stories are planned.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: December 6, 2015

UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Ismayilova Release

Condemning the recent imprisonment of investigative journalist activist Khadija Ismayilova, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced his concern over the ongoing targeting and suppression of civil society and independent voices in Azerbaijan. “Ms. Ismayilova’s sentencing is just the latest example of the crackdown on independent voices in the country," he said.

Source: UN News Centre

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Imprisoned Ismayilova Lauds New Investigation

Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, writing from her prison cell, responds to a new cross-border project continuing her work: "Now I understand why TeliaSonera was not so willing to answer my questions... This investigation, along with others, is the reason for my arrest. More ınvestigations of this kind are needed."

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: May 28, 2015

Azerbaijan: New Charges Filed Against Islmayilova

The Azerbaijan government filed new charges against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who has been in prison since December. The new charges include embezzlement, illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion, and abuse of power. Journalism groups have condemned the case, which could now imprison her for up to 12 years.

Source: Radio Free Europe

Posted on: February 15, 2015