Khadija Ismayilova

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Khadija Rovshan qizi Ismayilova, also Ismailova, (Azerbaijani: Xədicə Rövşən qızı İsmayılova, pronounced /xædiːˈdʒæ ismɑˈjɯlovɑ/; born 27 May 1976) is an Azerbaijani investigative journalist and radio host who is currently working for the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, until recently as the host of the daily debate show İşdən Sonra. She is a member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. In December 2014, Ismayilova was arrested on charges of incitement to suicide, a charge widely criticized by human rights organizations as bogus. On 1 September 2015, Ismayilova was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison under charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. On 25 May 2016, the Azerbaijani supreme court ordered Ismayilova released on probation. In December 2017, Ismayilova received the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as “Alternative Nobel Prize”, “for her courage and tenacity in exposing corruption at the highest levels of government through outstanding investigative journalism in the name of transparency and accountability.” Ismayilova was not allowed to travel from Azerbaijan to Sweden to receive the award.


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