When officials in Baku released several high-profile journalists, including investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, from prison in May last year, the international media rights community breathed a sigh of relief. But any optimism was short-lived, with authorities in recent months prosecuting journalists and bloggers, and passing restrictive online media laws. [more]
Hundreds of people across Azerbaijan have been gathering in city centers and in front of government buildings demanding jobs and protesting against price hikes, devaluation and soaring unemployment. [more]
Yesterday in appeal court, the judge was so scared of Khadija's words that he turned off her microphone. This is Khadija's most recent letter from her prison cell (original posted by MM partner Meydan TV). [more]
On September 1, Baku court sentenced journalist Khadija Ismaylova to 7 and a half years in prison. Human rights organizations have called the verdict a revenge for anti-corruption investigations of the president while Azerbaijani authorities called such statements at attempt of foreign interference in the affairs of the state. [more]
Radio Liberty
"It was funny to face the charges of tax evasion while I was the one who revealed how the president's family was stealing the people's money and transferring it to offshore," said Khadija Ismaylova in the final speech at the trial on August 31. [more]
20 journalists from Europe, the United States, Turkey and Caucasus have launched The Khadija Project, a project intended to investigate the crimes of the family of Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev. [more]
Соціологи Ірина Бекешкіна та Володимир Паніотто оцінили опитування школярів, яке викликало скандал у соціальних мережах [more]
Cancillería del Ecuador via flickr
Media crackdown in Turkey after the attempt of military coup. [more]
How much will changes in energy sector cost? [more]
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