• Azerbaijani Journalist’s Trial Continues

    The criminal libel trial of OCCRP partner Khadija Ismayilova is ongoing and will continue on Nov. 14. Additional details will be posted at that time.

    She has been accused by Elman Hasanov of publishing defamatory documents on Facebook alleging that he is a paid informant for the Ministry of National Security and a rapist. Ismayilova says that while she did publish a document about a paid informant, she did not identify the person. She further says she never published any information about an alleged rape.

  • Trial Continued for Azerbaijani Journalist


    Khadija Ismayilova

    By Nathan Goldman

    The criminal libel trial of Khadija Ismayilov, an investigative journalist and OCCRP partner, is ongoing in Baku, Azerbaijan. A travel ban preventing her from leaving the country remains in effect.

    The case is a private prosecution brought by Elman Hasanov, who claims that Ismayilova published two defamatory documents about him on her Facebook page earlier this year.

    Hasanov alleges that one document said that Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security (MNS) used a sex tape to blackmail him into becoming a paid informant for them, and the other was a report that claimed he had raped a woman in 1992 and used connections to have the charges dropped, after which the victim committed suicide.

  • TeliaSonera’s behind-the-scenes connection to Azerbaijani president’s daughters


    Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva

    By Khadija Ismailova

    Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva, daughters of President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, are even more invested in Azerbaijani telecoms than was previously believed.

  • Azerbaijan: Media and Regulators a Family Affair

    Ali Hasanov, chief of the Presidential Administration's department for socio-political affairs, Baku, Dec 2010

    By Khadija Ismayilova

    Sona Veliyeva is a busy woman.

    She manages a Kaspi newspaper, is a member of the National TV Radio Council, and owns and manages several companies dealing with education and university preparation courses.

  • Azerbaijan: Sentencing of Youth Activists Draws Condemnation

    On Tuesday, an Azerbaijani court sentenced eight activists from NIDA,  a youth civic action and opposition movement,  to between six to eight years in jail each, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

  • Press Persecution in Azerbaijan: Where Investigative Journalism Is “Espionage”

    By Ana Baric

    Azerbaijan is maintaining its usual approach to press “freedom”: sponsoring pro-regime media and unapologetically repressing critical journalism.

  • Azerbaijan: Prize-winning OCCRP Reporter Questioned by Government

    Authorities from the Department for Grave Crimes in Baku have summoned Khadija Ismayilova, OCCRP partner and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent, for questioning relating to what the department alleges are leaks of state secrets.

  • OCCRP Reporter Donates Journalism Prize to Imprisoned Azerbaijani Editor

    Winners of the fifth Global Shining Light Award, including Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project regional coordinator Khadija Ismayilova, have donated their US $1,000 prize money to imprisoned Azerbaijani editor Avaz Zeynalli.