U.S. Helsinki Chair Calls Espionage Charges 'Fabricated' and 'Punitive'
U.S. - Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 14Apr2010
In response to accusations
of spying made in Azerbaijan's pro-government media and by parliamentarians from the ruling party against RFE/RL reporter Khadija Ismayilova, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), issued this statement
“I am concerned for the safety and liberty of RFE/RL journalist Ms. Khadija Ismayilova. Ms. Ismayilova has been the target of consistent and sordid attacks by the government because of her investigative journalism. The current charges against her include espionage on behalf of the United States. These charges are clearly fabricated and punitive in nature. The Helsinki Commission calls on the Government of Azerbaijan to stop its harassment of all journalists and to respect freedom of the media, a commitment it has undertaken as a participating State of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The entire statement is here