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December 26, 2014 - Azerbaijani prosecutors seal shut RFE/RL's Baku bureau after ordering staff to leave.

RFE/RL Takes Action In Azerbaijan

RFE/RL has closed its Baku bureau, after Azeri authorities sealed it shut last December in connection with a government-led campaign against foreign organizations. More


Recent Press Releases

May 15, 2015

Azeri Journalist's Jail Sentence Extended on Eve of European Games

An Azeri court ruled on May 14 to extend the imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor who was jailed last December in what is widely viewed as an act of retribution by Azeri authorities.
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April 16, 2015

Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Wins PEN Award

RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded PEN American Center's 2015 Barbara Goldsmith Freedom To Write Award, given to "an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising her right to free expression."
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March 26, 2015

RFE/RL Announces Journalism Prize Honoring Slain Baghdad Bureau Chief

One year after its Baghdad bureau chief was slain, RFE/RL has launched the Muhammad Bdaiwi Memorial Journalism Prize to pay tribute to his career by recognizing the best examples of radio journalism in Iraq.
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March 21, 2015

Villager Named Radio Free Afghanistan's "Person Of The Year"

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan has named Jawas Khan, a farmer residing in a remote village in the country's Khost province, the recipient of its eighth annual Person of the Year award.
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March 06, 2015

Azerbaijan Ratchets Up Pressure on Ismayilova

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.
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February 23, 2015

UPDATE: Azeri Authorities Renew Attacks Against RFE/RL Journalists

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.
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January 28, 2015

Azerbaijan Doubles Journalist's Jail Time

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.
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January 05, 2015

Russian-Language TV Program Expands To Latvia

"Nastoyashchee Vremya" ("Current Time"), a new Russian-language television program, will launch this evening in Latvia, expanding its reach to audiences in five countries neighboring Russia.
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December 28, 2014

RFE/RL Journalists Rounded Up in Baku

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.
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December 26, 2014

Video Azerbaijan Raids RFE/RL Baku Bureau

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.
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December 05, 2014

Azerbaijan Jails Khadija Ismayilova

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.
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November 20, 2014

Azerbaijan Bars Journalist from Testifying on Corruption

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) urged Azerbaijan to respect the work of independent journalists in remarks made on Capitol Hill yesterday, after journalist Khadija Ismayilova was barred from traveling to Washington to testify at a CSCE hearing on combating corruption.
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