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Could a Broom Prove Mightier Than the Pen in Azerbaijan?

Corruption-busting Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova is now facing possible jail time after rejecting a change in punishment for participating in an unsanctioned anti-government rally in Baku earlier this year.

Insisting that Azerbaijanis have the right to assemble and express their views, Ismayilova had refused to pay the 400-manat (roughly $510) fine for taking part in the gathering. She was subsequently sentenced to sweep the main streets of Baku.

Promising to do her best to clean the Azerbaijani capital of all kinds of garbage -- not least, corruption -- she came up with a motto for her community service -- Sweeping for Democracy.

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Could a Broom Prove Mightier Than the Pen in Azerbaijan?

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