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

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BAKU -- Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova says the Azerbaijani government decided to release her from prison because her detention had become an embarrassment and had failed to frighten other reporters from pursuing stories about high-level corruption.
 
In a May 26 interview one day after Azerbaijan's Supreme Court unexpectedly ordered her released from a Baku prison, the RFE/RL journalist also vowed to continue her work and shrugged off fears for her personal safety.
 
"My mother joked about this. She said: 'When you're in prison, you're safer than when you're free because they wouldn't just kill you like that [in prison],'" she said in an interview with RFE/RL at her home in the Azerbaijani capital.
 
She said she had no way to influence the government if it wanted to kill or harm her now that she is free.
 
"Therefore, I can't let it bother me. I can only answer for my own person. I'm preparing to do my work and do the work that I was doing," she said.
 

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