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Khadija Ismayilova

Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative reporter and program host on Radio Azadlyg, the Azeri service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was arrested in Baku on December 5, 2014. Authorities charged Ismayilova with inciting a man to commit suicide and ordered her to be imprisoned for two months pending an investigation into the case,…

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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.

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CPJ joins calls for Azerbaijan to release Khadija Ismayilova

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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…

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CPJ condemns 7.5-year prison term for Khadija Ismayilova

New York, September 1, 2015–The Baku Court of Serious Crimes today convicted Khadija Ismayilova, one of Azerbaijan’s most prominent investigative reporters, of illegal business, tax evasion, abuse of power, and embezzlement, and sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison, according to local press reports. The court dropped the charge of incitement to…

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Azerbaijani prosecutor requests nine-year jail term for Khadija Ismayilova

New York, August 21, 2015–A state prosecutor today called for Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova to be sentenced to nine years in prison, according to pro-government news agency Trend. The request was made during a hearing in the Baku Court of Serious Crimes that was closed to independent journalists and rights activists, the regional press…

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Baku court bars press and family from Khadija Ismayilova trial

New York, August 7, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to ensure due process in the trial against award-winning investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. When Ismayilova appeared at Baku Court on Grave Crimes for the first substantive hearing in her case today, journalists, international observers, and the reporter’s family were barred from entering…

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CPJ calls on Azerbaijan to free jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova

New York, July 23, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to immediately release Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist who has been imprisoned since December on charges of embezzlement, tax evasion, and abuse of power, among others. Ismayilova’s trial is scheduled to be held on Friday in Baku, according to news reports. If…

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#FreeThePress: Khadija Ismayilova

Press Uncuffed #FreeThePress Spotlight Medium: Broadcast Charge: Retaliatory Imprisoned: December 5, 2014 Khadija Ismayilova Azerbaijan 538 days in prison RELEASED Khadija was released from prison on May 25. She spoke to CPJ a few hours after her release and thanked CPJ for fighting on her behalf. Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative reporter and a program host…

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Khadija Ismayilova slammed with new charges in Azerbaijan

New York, February 13, 2015–The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office today charged Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative journalist, with embezzlement, illegal business, tax evasion, and abuse of power, regional and international press reported. The new charges came the same week that news reports said a leading press freedom advocate, Emin Huseynov, has been in hiding in…

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Azerbaijan must immediately release Khadija Ismayilova

New York, February 6, 2015–The Baku Appeals Court today upheld a lower court’s decision to extend the pretrial detention of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to March 24, according to regional press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for Ismayilova’s immediate release.

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