News / 08.12.2014

Petition on behalf of Khadija Ismayilova

Dr. Adish Mammadov

Embassy of Azerbaijan in Sweden

Petition on behalf of Khadija Ismayilova

We are deeply concerned having heard that our journalist colleague Khadija Ismayilova has been jailed in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ismayilova is a well-known and respected reporter, who has cooperated with other investigative journalists around the world. Among other issues she has investigated the Finnish Swedish company TeliaSonera’s role in Azerbaijan.

Several human rights organizations condemn the arrest, stating it is yet another intimidation in the two-year campaign to silence a journalist who has investigated government corruption and human rights abuses in Azerbaijan.

We, as representatives of journalism organizations in Finland take the matter very seriously and urge the Government of Azerbaijan to respect the freedom of the press.

Yours sincerely,

Arto Nieminen, president

The Union of Journalists in Finland - Suomen Journalistiliitto

Salla Vuorikoski, chairman

The Association for Investigative Journalism in Finland - Tutkivan journalismin yhdistys ry

Juha Rekola, chairman

Vikes, The Finnish Foundation for Media, Communication and Development - Viestintä ja kehitys -säätiö


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