In this letter, written in prison, journalist Khadija Ismayilova refutes the charges against her and warns of the cynical "game" the Aliyev government is playing with the West.
"Today, I am supposed to say my final words at this closed-door hearing. I don’t have much to say about the process itself – the charges brought against me."
In unscheduled, snap proceedings today, a court in Baku extended investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova's pre-trial detention for an additional two months, until May 24.
Journalist Khadija Ismayilova suddenly convicted on libel accusations, former RFE/RL Baku bureau chief hit with travel ban. Azerbaijani government keeps the pressure on RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service.
An Azeri court on January 27 extended the pre-trial detention of independent journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova for an additional two months.
Russian journalist visits refugees from the fighting in eastern Ukraine, some of whom have fled to Russia, others who are seeking refuge in Ukraine.
Journalists with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reported today that police are pursuing them individually, going directly to their homes to take them in for questioning following a raid on the service's Baku bureau yesterday.
RFE/RL has condemned a raid by Azerbaijani police and investigators on the Baku bureau of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, which has now been sealed shut and placed off limits to journalistic activity.
For his tireless investigative reporting in the face of great personal risk, CJFE is honoring Oleksiy Matsuka with its 2014 International Press Freedom Award
Ismayilova, a prominent investigative journalist who contributes to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, has been sentenced by a court in Baku to two months of pretrial detention.
The U.S. State Department urged the Azeri government "to respect the universal rights of its citizens and allow them to freely express their views" in a statement made following the detention of a journalist on Friday.
Intigam Aliyev, a prominent human rights lawyer, has been behind bars since August 8 as the result of a crackdown targeting independent journalists, human rights defenders, and government critics in Azerbaijan.