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I Stand With Khadija Ismayilova

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Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and presenter on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Azeri-language internet-only station Azadliq Radiosu, is seen during a live broadcast at Azadliq Radiosu's studio in Baku, Azerbaijan on October 31, 2011.

Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and presenter on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azeri-language internet-only station Azadliq Radiosu, is seen during a live broadcast at Azadliq Radiosu’s studio in Baku, Azerbaijan on October 31, 2011.

I will stand with Khadija today, Monday December 8, 2014, at 4pm at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington. Please join us.

Renowned Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was remanded to the custody of the court according to section 125 of the country’s penal code in pretrial detention.

Her work has landed her in trouble before. In 2012, months before Azerbaijan hosted Eurovision, the government launched a black mail campaign against her and released video it had secretly recorded in her bedroom, which it posted online. Khadija was as brave then as she is now, going public with the threats and publishing her investigations rather than cowering in the face of intimidation.

This is a gathering of her friends and supporters outside the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington on Monday December 8 at 4pm to call for her unconditional and immediate release and stand up for and show support for free speech where it is under threat.

Some of Khadija’s work:

Azerbaijani President’s Daughters Tied To Fast-Rising Telecoms Firm,” RFE/RL (June 27, 2011).

Azerbaijani Government Awarded Gold-Field Rights To President’s Family,” RFE/RL (May 3, 2012).

Azerbaijan: Media And Regulators A Family Affair,” Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (June 24, 2014).

(Swedish Telecom Giant) TeliaSonera’s Behind-The-Scenes Connection To Azerbaijani President’s Daughters,” RFE/RL (July 15, 2014).

UPDATE: Media coverage of the protest in support of Khadija’s release outside the Azerbaijan Embassy in Washington, DC on December 8, 2014:

U.S. Protesters Demand Release of RFE Reporter Ismayilova,” Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (December 8, 2014).

Azerbaijan Journalist’s Detention Sparks Call to #FreeKhadija,” Al Jazeera America “The Stream” (December 9, 2014).

Surge In Response Over Jailing of Azerbaijani Journalist,” Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (December 9, 2014).

Update: International Reactions to Khadija Ismayilova’s Arrest,” Azerbaijan Without Political Prisoners! (December 9, 2014).

Some video coverage of the protest as well:

Free Khadija” Turan News Agency

Protest Action in DC in Support of Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova / Vaşinqtonda Xədicə İsmayıla dəstək aksiyası keçirilib,” Voice of America “Azeri Report” (article in English; video in Azerbaijani)