Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova

28 April 2014

Sentenced last year to sweep the streets for taking part in an unauthorized demonstration, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova said with a smile she would be “cleaning this country of filth”, something she was quite used to. Ismayilova is known for her in-depth investigations into corruption at the highest levels of government. These include the presidential […]

Malahat Nasibova

Malahat Nasibova

28 April 2014

When journalists began interviewing the relatives of a man found dead at the local office of the Ministry of National Security (MNS) in the isolated region of Nakhchivan in August 2011, MNS officers intervened, grabbing at their microphones and cameras. One of the reporters, Malahat Nasibova of the independent news agency Turan, was branded an […]

Ganimat Zahid

Ganimat Zahid

28 April 2014

Ganimat Zahid, who has already served two years and a half in prison on a ridiculous pretext, knows that freedom is hard-fought. The newspaper he runs, Azadliq (“freedom” in Azeri), is one of the last remaining opposition titles still standing in a ravaged media landscape. Squeezed by fines and deprived of income by the press […]