STATEMENT
Azerbaijan: Coalition of NGOs intervene before European Court for imprisoned journalist Khadija Ismayilova.
19 Apr 2016
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

PEN International and Privacy International led 14 free expression and media freedom organisations, including Index on Censorship, in submitting an intervention today in the case of Azerbaijani journalist, Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The intervention elaborates the freedom of expression and privacy implications of her case.

“The appalling treatment of Khadija Ismayilova by the Azerbaijani authorities is symptomatic of a relentless crackdown on journalists and freedom of expression in the country in recent years”, said Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International. “This important case before the ECtHR is an opportunity to not only redress the injustice in one egregious case but to give wider protection to the media as a whole.”

Ismayilova was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison in September 2015, after being convicted of charges that the members of the coalition believe are retribution for her reports on corruption involving senior government officials.

Before her arrest in December 2014, she had been subjected to a relentless campaign of intimidation and persecution very likely orchestrated by the Azerbaijani authorities to discredit her investigative reporting on corruption amongst the highest levels of society.

“Khadija Ismayilova has suffered a serious invasion of her personal privacy through the installation of hidden cameras and wires in her flat and publication of secretly filmed videos among other incidents. Azerbaijan has a positive obligation to carry out an effective investigation into these violations,’ said Camila Graham-Wood, Legal Officer at Privacy International.

The coalition is represented in this case by barristers Can Yeginsu from 4 New Square Chambers and Miranda Butler from 3 Hare Court.

The full intervention is available here.

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One response to “Azerbaijan: Coalition of NGOs intervene before European Court for imprisoned journalist Khadija Ismayilova.”

  1. Meet The Clooneys says:

    Of course it’s a coalition on NGO’s with the Soros poster children Clooneys set to roll into town soon. Amal did request to be put on this case. SHe and her hubby are Soros agents. Just remember…they mock democracy and decry free speech. They push for speech with which they agree. Her job is to bring the press so they can report breathlessly on what she wears while the pressure is applied to get this person released for whatever reasons the elites need her, which will never be reported. Amal has never won a case. That is because her clients are all on the wrong side of democracy. They do, however, get “sick”. By the way, the Maldives have told Nasheed to go back. He was “Sick”…needed back surgery. After holding press conferences and meeting with politicians, he still hasn’t had it. That’s what Amal Clooney does…mocks democracy for personal and political gain, throwing the rest of us under the bus. Her husband, too. Read about it at “Meet the Clooneys” at Red Nation Rising. There’s a chapter on Nasheed (not yet updated), Fahmy, etc. They are a joke…a dangerous one at that.