Writers at Risk Database

Khadija Ismayilova

Ismayilova has long been targeted for her investigative reporting on government corruption. She was detained in December 2014 and later convicted of retaliatory charges, including tax evasion. In May… More

Writers at Risk Database

Akram Aylisli

Aylisi has been subject to a government-sanctioned public harassment campaign since the publication of his novella Stone Dreams in 2012. He is currently on trial for charges of 'hooliganism'… More

Rashad Ramazanov Rashad Hagigat Agaaddin

Well-known for his anti-government writing, Ramazanov was sentenced to 9 years in prison on fabricated drug possession charges in 2013. After taking part in a hunger strike in late… More

Rafiq Taği

Rafiq Taği died in 2011 days after a stabbing attack, possibly connected to his article critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that was published a week prior. In 2015, the… More

Writers at Risk Database

Arif Yunus

Yunus was sentenced in 2015 on retaliatory charges of financial fraud. He was conditionally released after 4 months in prison due to health concerns, and granted the ability to… More

Khadija Ismayilova | Status: Conditional Release | Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova is an award-winning freelance reporter who has worked for various Azeri-, Russian-, and English-language news outlets. More

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