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2021, 27 İyul, çərşənbə axşamı, Bakı vaxtı 23:05

National Press Club To Honor Ismayilova, Rezaian

Azerbaijan -- Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil - 2014

The Washington, D.C.-based National Press Club has announced that it will honor Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova with a press freedom award in July.

Ismayilova, who has reported for RFE/RL, has been jailed since December 2014 on charges that independent observers such as the Committee to Protect Journalists have called bogus.

A second award will go to Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter based in Tehran, who has been jailed for nine months without trial.

Ismayilova is well known for hard-hitting reporting on the financial dealings of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and alleged corruption in his government.

She is one of nine reporters being held in Azerbaijan on trumped-up charges, according to human rights groups.

Club President John Hughes noted that Azerbaijan will draw world attention as it hosts the European Games in June.

"We hope the world will be mindful...of the plight of reporters and others in Azerbaijan who are merely exercising basic human rights of self-expression," he said.