“If they meant to stop me by this, I can assure you they have been wrong. They failed to do so,” Khadija Ismailova said. “I continue doing my investigations. I will publish my investigations as soon as I finish the story. If they meant to stop me, they have failed. If they meant to defame me, they have failed, because I have received the full support of my friends. Even religious figures of the country have expressed their support.”
RFE/RL Correspondent in Azerbaijan Targeted in Blackmail Campaign
Disturbing threats have been made against @khadija0576. Read Khadija Ismailova’s response to blackmailing on her Facebook page.
Ismailova has won numerous awards for her investigative reports into official corruption in Azerbaijan, including the finances and assets of President Ilham Aliyev and his family members. She recently consulted with the media company CNBC on the production of a television report entitled “Filthy Rich,” aired on February 23, that explored the family’s real estate holdings in Dubai. She has been interrogated by police on several occasions and has been the subject of slander campaigns in pro-government media.
Check out @RadioAzadliq’s Abbas Atilay’s photos of a snowy Zoo in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Last week we brought you winter photos captured by RFE/RL’s photographers from several of our broadcast regions. As cold weather and snow continue to envelop Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, this week we present to you photos from a Zoo in Baku, Azerbaijan by RFE/RL’s Abbas Atilay.
But this time we’re letting YOU write the captions. Tell us what you think these animals are thinking as they deal with the cold. Write the photo captions in the comments section on our Facebook page photo gallery!
You can also view the images as part of a sound slide gallery on RFE/RL’s Azeri service, Radio Azadliq’s website. (minus your fabulous captions, of course.)
Atilay’s photographic work was recently recognized and won two awards from a Transitions Online (TOL) photo competition You can see the winning images here.
As severe winter weather wreaks havoc across Europe, Azerbaijan is also dealing with heavy snow and ice. In preparation for the Eurovision song contest in the spring, Baku authorities have ordered widespread renovations, including repaving some sidewalks with marble, but that has led to unexpected dangers for pedestrians. (RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service)
Abbas Atilay, a photo correspondent for Radio Azadliq and Torokul Doorov from Radio Azattyk, have won three photography awards from Transitions Online for depictions of “Everyday Life” and “Arts and Culture.” Atilay’s submission also won TOL’s overall photography award for 2011…[READ MORE]
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