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Khadija Ismayilova

Azerbaijan marks centennial of first democratic republic with arrests

At least four people have been arrested in Azerbaijan following a rally...

Azerbaijan watches Armenian rebellion with jealousy and hope

As street protests in Armenia dramatically toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan this...

Azerbaijan's New Pro-Government TV Network Has Some Familiar Faces

A new, all-news television station has started broadcasting in Azerbaijan. And as...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in an uncharacteristically charitable mood: on September...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Georgia: Tbilisi Protests Azerbaijani Journalist’s Kidnapping

As the trial of abducted Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli opened in Baku,...

Azerbaijan: Government Escalates Hacking Campaign Against Dissent

Several of Azerbaijan’s primary independent news websites have been inaccessible for several...

Azerbaijan: “Celebrity” Political Prisoners Get Freedom First, Activists Say

Some Azerbaijani activists claim that international rights watchdogs, such as Amnesty International,...

Azerbaijan: Pharrell Williams' Few Words on Freedom

American singer Pharrell Williams became the only visiting celebrity to call for...

Azerbaijan: Reporter Khadija Ismayilova Free, Forty and Back in Business

The hard-won release from prison of Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova has...

Freed RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Vows to Continue Investigations, Shrugs Off Threats

BAKU -- Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova says the Azerbaijani government decided to...

Azerbaijan: Will Khadija Ismayilova's Freedom Open Prison Doors?

Two days before her 40th birthday, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released...

Azerbaijani Supreme Court Frees RFE/RL's Khadija Ismayilova

Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court has freed RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova from prison, RFE/RL's...

Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs...

Azerbaijan Slams Amal Clooney as Armenia’s Secret Weapon

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s April 26 remarks to the BBC have...

The Clooneys' Star Power in the Caucasus

It has been a Caucasian weekend for the Clooney couple. The Hollywood-star...

Critical TV Station in Azerbaijan's Crosshairs

The Azerbaijani government has taken aim at Meydan TV, one of the...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

Did Karabakh Fighting Weaken the Panama Papers’ Impact?

Gold mines for Azerbaijan’s presidential offspring, an ex-Georgian leader’s offshore com...

Azerbaijan: Did Prisoner Releases Help Secure Washington's Welcome?

Azerbaijan was welcomed at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on...

Azerbaijan Partly Opens Its Prison Doors for Spring

In a sudden display of lenience, Azerbaijan’s strong-armed leader, President Ilham Aliyev, pardoned...

Georgia: Sex-Video Scandal Prompts Outcry that "Sex Is Not a Crime"

As the country heads toward a highly contested parliamentary election, Georgia has...

U.S. Bill Seeks Sanctions on Azerbaijani Officials for 'Appalling' Rights Record

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. lawmaker has introduced legislation that would deny U.S....

What Does Azerbaijan’s Crackdown Look Like From the Inside?

It has been a year since Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was...

Azerbaijan Gives Media a Lesson in Fact-Checking

For all their efforts to teach journalists how to do their job,...

Azerbaijan: Post-Election, No Regrets about Absence of OSCE Monitors

Azerbaijan’s November 1 vote was no cliffhanger, with President Ilham Aliyev’s Yeni...

Azerbaijan: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Official Raps Baku

A leading representative of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly is voicing concern about...

Post-Journalist Arrest, Azerbaijan Warns Foreign Media

After putting yet another journalist in jail, a top official in Azerbaijan...

Azerbaijan to Quit Key Forum for EU Cooperation

Azerbaijan has moved to end a major parliamentary dialogue with the European...

Azerbaijan to Sue French TV for Calling Ilham Aliyev a "Dictator"

Azerbaijan plans to take French public television channel France 2 to court...

Azerbaijan: Is It Time to Consider Sanctions?

Some regional experts want the United States and European Union to consider...

Azerbaijan on Defensive over Jailed Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

One day after sending internationally acclaimed journalist Khadija Ismayilova to prison on...

Azerbaijan: Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Sentenced to Seven and a Half Years in Jail

Azerbaijan on September 1 sentenced investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to seven and...

Azerbaijan: Court Silences Khadija Ismayilova's Final Statement, Considers Verdict

Whatever else it might wish, the Azerbaijani court hearing the controversial case...

Azerbaijan: Khadija Ismayilova's Trial Again Postponed

Ever starting and stopping, the trial of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova on...

Baku Prosecutor Seeks Nine-Year Sentence For Journalist Ismayilova

A state prosecutor in Azerbaijan has asked for a nine-year prison sentence...

Azerbaijan to Battle World Media with the Turkic News Network

Step aside, CNN, and make room, Al Jazeera: an international news network...

Ismayilova Suggests Azerbaijani Court Rushing Toward Verdict

BAKU -- A Baku court has pressed ahead with the trial of...

Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova's Trial Begins in Baku

BAKU -- Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova went on trial on August 7...

Azerbaijan: Political Prisoners’ Families Face Punishment, Too

When civil-rights activists, journalists and others government critics are imprisoned in Azerbaijan,...

Donald Trump: Thinking Big in Azerbaijan

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big,” goes...

Report: Azerbaijan Brings Drug-Trafficking Charges against Relative of Meydan TV Director

Azerbaijan reportedly has arrested for supposed narcotics peddling the brother-in-law of the...

Azerbaijan Puts Journalist Khadija Ismayilova on Trial, Celebrates Press Freedom

The timing could not have been more ironic....

Reports: Azerbaijan Tries to Master Malware

It’s always unsettling to learn that a repressive government has sophisticated computer...

Azerbaijan’s European Games: The View from the Streets of Baku

Authorities in Azerbaijan assert that playing host to the European Games marks...

European Games: Azerbaijani Athletes Get a Ramadan Waiver

Azerbaijani athletes competing in the European Games have been allowed to dispense...

Azerbaijan’s European Games: Light on Rights, Heavy on Kookoo?

The European Games débuted on June 12 with a razzle-dazzle in the...

Khadija Ismayilova: When Your Principles Become Your Life

Today, June 5, Khadija Ismayilova has been in prison for six months....

Azerbaijan: TeliaSonera Connected to Questionable Telecoms Deal

An investigative report provides details on alleged dirty dealings in Azerbaijan involving...

PEN Honors Ismayilova as Azerbaijani Journalist Begins Six Month in Custody

At a gala dinner in New York on May 5, the PEN...

Watchdog Says Press Freedom at Lowest Point in 10 Years

Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in...

Azerbaijan Claims It Has Patented Breakfast

Known for its penchant for curbing civil liberties, the government of Azerbaijan...

Thirty-One Hours in the Baku Airport: A Q&A with Human-Rights Expert Giorgi Gogia

Human Rights Watch’s South-Caucasus representative Giorgi Gogia spoke with EurasiaNet.org about his...

Aliyev Decree Frees Three Azerbaijani Activists, Many Still Jailed

BAKU -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has pardoned more than 100 inmates...

RFE/RL in the Crosshairs in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s most prominent investigative reporter, Khadija Ismayilova remains in extended pre-trial detention,...

U.S. Jewish Groups Back Azerbaijan Despite Rights Concerns

WASHINGTON -- Azerbaijan has long lauded its relations with pro-Israeli groups that...

Azerbaijan Flaunts the "Greatest" and Priciest Valentine’s Day

If you haven't yet made your plans for Valentine’s Day, but have...

Caviar Diplomacy Comes to the Borough of Kings

It seems the Azerbaijani capital of Baku is hoping to cash in...

Azerbaijan: Are Rumors Replacing News in Azerbaijan?

The media climate is growing so grim in Azerbaijan that some observers...

Police Forcibly Detain RFE/RL Baku Staff for Questioning

Police in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, have forcibly apprehended several RFE/RL staff...

RFE/RL's Baku Bureau Raided by Prosecutor's Office

RFE/RL's Baku Bureau has been raided by members of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor's...

Azerbaijan: Next They’ll Come for the Lawyers?

Hopes for a fair trial for Khadija Ismayilova, the investigative reporter recently...

Azerbaijan: Will Khadija Ismayilova's Arrest Prove "a Last Straw"?

Prison is increasingly the place to find the most prominent of Azerbaijan’s...

Azerbaijan: Leading Investigative Reporter Detained

Authorities in Azerbaijan took steps December 5 to muzzle Khadija Ismayilova, an...

Azerbaijan: Debating GONGO vs. NGO

Azerbaijan’s efforts to use its energy wealth to win friends and influence...

Azerbaijan to Arrest Investigative Journalist Khadija Ismayilova?

With Azerbaijan’s prisons increasingly full of government-detractors, it might have seemed to...

Azerbaijan Tightens Screws On Civil Society, Independent Media

There is good news coming out of Azerbaijan these days. But much...

TeliaSonera’s Behind-The-Scenes Connection To Azerbaijani President's Daughters

Through a trail of owners and offshore registrations, the two daughters of...

Azerbaijan Accuses Journalist of Spying for Armenia

Azerbaijan has arrested and charged prominent newspaper correspondent Rauf Mirkadirov, a political...

Azerbaijan: When Blackmail Is a State Secret, Not a Crime    

Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova has been branded in her homeland as...

RFE/RL Investigative Journalist Khadija Ismayilova 'Summoned' In State Secrets Probe

BAKU, February 18, 2014 (RFE/RL) -- An investigative journalist with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani...

The Aliyev Daughters: Azerbaijan's First-Family Fashionistas

They are eye-catching, stylish and rich....

Azerbaijan: Wishing Critical Media "Давай, До Свидания" During Election Campaign

Azerbaijan has hit the obligatory day of silence before its October 9...

Azerbaijan: Sex, Blacklists and Audio

The posting of a new online video depicting intimate moments from the...

Could a Broom Prove Mightier Than the Pen in Azerbaijan?

Corruption-busting Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova is now facing possible jail time after...

Is Azerbaijan Messing with RFE/RL's Broadcasts?

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty clai...

Azerbaijan: Porno-Political Portal Targets Government Critics

With less than six months to go before the country's presidential elections,...

Larry King and the First Ladies, Live from Baku

Larry King was in Azerbaijan today to talk about a subject with...

Azerbaijan: Post-Eurovision, Activists Try to Keep the Focus on Human Rights

With Eurovision now a thing of the past, Azerbaijan’s Sing for Democracy...

Azerbaijan: Parliament Throws Veil of Secrecy over Business Sector

Recent legislative efforts in Azerbaijan to protect the privacy of President Ilham...

Azerbaijan: The Cultural Learnings of Norway's Borat and Others

Eurovision may now be over, but the controversy over Azerbaijan's freedom-of-speech practices...

Eurovision: Azerbaijan's Three Days of Fame

Sabina Babayeva is not the only Azerbaijani singer preparing for Eurovision....

Azerbaijani President's Family Benefits From Eurovision Hall Construction

Later this month, the eyes of the world will be focused on...

Azerbaijan: Looking at the Contest Surrounding the Eurovision Competition

With two weeks to go until Azerbaijan hosts the Eurovision 2012 Song...

Azerbaijani Government Awarded Gold-Field Rights To President's Family

BAKU -- Novruz Allahverdiyev, 40, lives in a mud house in the...

Azerbaijan’s Ruling Family Sitting on a Gold Mine?  

Farmers in Azerbaijan’s western Dashkesan region apparently must make space when the...

Azerbaijan: Aliyev Son-in-Law Scores Eurovision Gig

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s son-in-law, pop singer Emin Agalarov, has been confirmed...

Press Freedom Day in the Not So Press-Free Caucasus

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, there is not much to...

Azerbaijan: No Eurovision Invitation Yet for Presidential Son-in-Law

There are three weeks to go until the Eurovision song contest kicks...

Azerbaijan: What Is the Connection Between Hitler and Pop Music?

Call it Godwin’s law in action; the longer an online debate goes...

Azerbaijan: Baku is Bulldozing its Past

Does urban renewal signify progress? That question has dogged city planners worldwide...

Azerbaijan: Reporter Beating Follows European Court Fine for Brutality against Journalist

One day after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Baku...