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Big Brother in Baku:
Azerbaijan Flouts Free Press on Eve of Eurovision
By Annette Langer in Baku, Azerbaijan
On March 7, Khadijah Ismailova received an anonymous letter containing an envelope with six photos of an "intimate nature" as she calls it. Included was this message: "Slut -- behave or you will be dishonored." Only one week later, a video of the journalist having sex with her boyfriend was posted on the Internet. At the same time, two newspapers that are loyal to the government accused her of lax morals and indicated where the videos could be found.
Ismailova has ceased receiving guests in her apartment since she realized it had been bugged with cameras and microphones -- in the living room, maybe in the bathroom, but above all in the bedroom. The journalist has no doubt that high-level civil servants are behind the film: "They thought I'd back down, but that was a miscalculation. If I had taken one step back, I would have been done," she said. Her stubbornness paid off: Even media loyal to the government distanced themselves from showing the secretly filmed videos or photos.