Accessibility links

Breaking News

Watchdog

Khadija Ismayilova

An appellate court in Azerbaijan has rejected an appeal by investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who had asked for the removal from her record of charges for illegal entrepreneurship.

Ismayilova's lawyer, Fariz Namazli, said the Baku-based court rejected the appeal on October 7.

Ismayilova, a contributor to RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service and laureate of numerous international awards for her journalism, was arrested in December 2014 on charges that have been widely criticized as a politically motivate response to her investigative reporting on corruption involving Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and members of his family.

She eventually was convicted of illegal entrepreneurship, tax evasion, misappropriation of property, and other charges and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

But in May, Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court annulled some of the charges against Ismayilova and ordered her release after reducing her sentence to a 3 1/2 year suspended prison term.

In August, Ismayilova's suspended sentence was reduced again to two years and three months.

Ukrainian journalists hold placards depicting their colleague Roman Sushchenko during a protest to call for his in front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv on October 6.

Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was detained in Russia on September 30, has been charged with espionage.

Sushchenko's lawyer, Mark Feigin, told TASS on October 7 that his client was officially charged with espionage, adding that Sushchenko pleaded not guilty.

Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent of the Ukrinform news agency, was detained in Moscow on suspicion of collecting classified information.

On October 1, a court in Moscow sent him to pretrial detention for two months.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa said on October 7 that the ministry handed a protest note to the Russian consul in Kyiv demanding explanations as to why Kyiv officials had been denied access to Sushchenko.

Based on reporting by TASS

Load more

About This Blog

"Watchdog" is a blog with a singular mission -- to monitor the latest developments concerning human rights, civil society, and press freedom. We'll pay particular attention to reports concerning countries in RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Subscribe

Journalists In Trouble

RFE/RL journalists take risks, face threats, and make sacrifices every day in an effort to gather the news. Our "Journalists In Trouble" page recognizes their courage and conviction, and documents the high price that many have paid simply for doing their jobs. More

XS
SM
MD
LG