Journalist Khadija Ismayilova, a Radio Free Europe/OCCRP reporter, was taken into custody in Baku, Azerbaijan on 5 December, in the latest of a series of legal moves to put pressure on her.
Ismayilova, known for her investigations into the business interests of the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, is charged in the latest case of inciting a man to commit suicide.
In 2012, Khadija Ismayil blackmailed with her bedroom scenes. She says that, “These repressions are price we pay for the work we do.”
These are Khadija Ismayil’s investigations causing her arrest:
Ismayilova has also been charged in a separate case centering on a document that she posted on social media that indicated Azerbaijani secret services used an explicit, illegally filmed sex tape to blackmail an opposition activist into informing on other opposition figures.
On December 4, Azerbaijan’s Presidential Chief of Staff Ramiz Mehdiyev publicly accused Ismayilova of treason and called RFE/RL’s employees in the country spies.
Ismayilova sees the legal pressure as part of a broader crackdown against civil society by Azerbaijan’s government.
She is known for her extensive reporting on the business interests of President Ilham Aliyev’s family.
In October, Azerbaijani authorities prevented Ismayilova from traveling to Prague, where she had been due to attend an international conference.