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

IRE Awards Honor Khadija, Slavery Series

The 2015 IRE Awards honor 20 impressive projects, ranging from small and large print markets to radio, TV, books, and student work. IRE medals, the group's top honors, go to OCCRP's Khadija Project, AP's Seafood from Slaves, a ProPublica/NPR series on poor worker protections, and the Tampa Bay Times' failing schools reporting. Lots of other impressive winners, including UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program and CIR/Reveal.

Source: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Posted on: April 7, 2016

Amal Clooney To Be Ismayilova Lawyer

Imprisoned Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has accepted noted human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as her legal representative. In a statement she praised Clooney's "courage" in the case of a jailed Egyptian journalist in 2014. Clooney, wife of Hollywood star George Clooney, said she would take Khadija's case to the European Court of Human Rights. ‪
 

Source: RFERL.ORG

Posted on: January 22, 2016