Azerbaijan Detains Prominent Journalist Reporting on Corruption

Washington

In response to Azerbaijan ordering two months’ pre-trial detention of investigative journalist Khadija Ismailova, Freedom House released the following statement:
 
“Khadija Ismailova has long been a thorn in the side of the Azerbaijani government for her fearless reporting on the corruption of President Aliyev and his family,” said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs. “Indicting her on the bizarre charge of ‘inciting attempted suicide’ shows that the government is determined to eradicate free speech and independent civil society in Azerbaijan at any cost. All charges should be dropped and Ismailova should be allowed to return to her work.”

Azerbaijan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014 , Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014and receives a democracy score of 6.68 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2014

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