Khadija Ismayilova is an Azerbaijani journalist who was trained in accountability journalism by Western practitioners. After a career in the Azerbaijan media, she went to work for RFE/RL. In 2010, she published a first story exposing the questionable business dealings of the Azerbaijani president and his family. A second story followed in 2011. Then in March 2012, while researching yet another expose, Ismayilova received in the mail graphic photos of herself and her boyfriend, taken by a videocamera concealed in her bedroom. A cover letter threatened her if she persisted in her reporting. The case stops as Ismayilova debates what her options are: remain silent or respond and, if the latter, how?
The case includes interviews with Ismayilova and her colleagues at RFE/RL and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
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