May 8, 2014
-- The Case Consoritum @ Columbia is pleased to announce its latest journalism case, Fighting Blackmail: Khadija Ismayilova and Azerbaijan’s First Family
. The case chronicles the challenges of reporting on corruption in an authoritarian society. It considers the role of technology in today’s investigative reporting. It also looks at the role that government-financed news organizations like Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) can play globally.
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.
To access the case, go to our website: https://casestudies.jrn.columbia.edu
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