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Azerbaijan frees Khadija Ismayilova

Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, pictured on May 25, is released from jail as a court converts her more than seven-year jail term into a suspended three-and-a-half-year sentence. Ismayilova, who was jailed in December 2014 on trumped-up charges, is currently under a travel ban. Azerbaijan ranks among the 10 most censored countries in the world. CPJ's last global census of journalists jailed worldwide shows eight journalists in prison there on December 1, 2015.

AP/Aziz Karim

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova ordered released on suspended sentence

New York, May 25, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved at the Azerbaijani Supreme Court's decision today to free investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, who had been imprisoned on trumped-up charges since December 2014. The court converted Ismayilova's jail term into a three-and-a half-year suspended term, Reuters reported.

May 25, 2016 8:52 AM ET

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Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Colombia, Syria

CPJ highlights challenges to female journalists, reporter released from prison, CPJ hosts book talk

CPJ Newsletter: May edition

CPJ publishes annual edition of Attacks on the Press

On April 27, CPJ launched its annual publication of Attacks on the Press. This edition, which focuses on gender and media freedom worldwide, highlights the challenges faced by female journalists who fight to report the news against all odds. The book--and the dialogue it has already generated--is an important step in the fight toward ending sexual violence against female journalists.

(CPJ/Sumit Galhotra)

Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan

Harassed and Jailed

It feels strange to be writing about friends in jail. You wonder what kind of a friend you are--free to breathe the air, to walk the streets, to continue to work, while your friends cannot. Why do you deserve this privilege?

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani authorities open criminal investigation into Meydan TV

New York, April 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to end the harassment of Meydan TV after a criminal investigation was opened into the online independent outlet and a travel ban was imposed on some of its contributors.

April 22, 2016 4:04 PM ET

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Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Colombia, Turkey, UAE

CPJ turns 35, jailed journalists walk free, reporters on trial in Turkey, and more

CPJ Newsletter: April edition

Four imprisoned journalists freed in Azerbaijan

The president of Azerbaijan in March issued a decree pardoning 148 people, including three imprisoned journalists--Hilal Mamedov, Tofiq Yaqublu, and Parviz Hashimli.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Four journalists, human rights lawyer pardoned in Azerbaijan

New York, March 17, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Azerbaijan's decision to release four independent reporters and a human rights lawyer, urges authorities to ensure they will not have criminal records, and calls on authorities to free all journalists who remain behind bars.

Blog   |   Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam

On International Women's Day, CPJ recognizes nine female journalists jailed for their work

Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad's regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions. These are some of the important issues journalists cover in their role as the Fourth Estate.

Letters   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ asks European Union to prioritize press freedom in talks with Azerbaijan

CPJ writes to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini to ask her to make press freedom a priority in her February 29, 2016, talks in Baku.

February 26, 2016 3:44 PM ET

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

Blog   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ joins calls for Azerbaijan to release Khadija Ismayilova

In a statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, Sport for Rights --a coalition of international press freedom groups that includes the Committee to Protect Journalists--called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ismayilova and all other journalists and rights activists jailed in Azerbaijan for their work. The statement also called on Azerbaijani authorities to end their crackdown on the press.

December 4, 2015 4:57 PM ET

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