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

Former Minister Gets Media Freedom Post

The new representative for Freedom of the Media in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the former French secretary of state for European Affairs, Harlem Désir. His appointment should be formalized on 18 July. Members of the OSCE finally overcame months of deadlock on filling top posts, including this one.

Source: European Federation of Journalists and Reuters

Posted on: July 17, 2017