Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed — with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power — with no one to comfort them.
- Ecclesiastes 4:1
THE U.S. constitution guarantees us a free press. It is too bad there aren't more media organizations and reporters with the courage and convictions of Khadija Ismayilova. If we did mainstream media would be naming names of the politicians and their corporate masters who are responsible for the increasing inability of American governments at all levels to fulfill the American Social Contract because of budget cuts and laws and regulations passed that have been written by the the 1% for their benefit. So many Americans deride other countries, like Azerbaijan, for the corruption crippling their nations. These Americans need to take a closer look at corruption in our country. We have made it legal and call it lobbying instead of bribery, it's all semantics in First World countries, but the harm to our country is almost as bad as in a lot of Third World countries. From +Foreign Policy .....
Until her release, she was surely one of the world’sbest-knownpolitical prisoners.Until her release, she was surely one of the world’s best-known political prisoners. In part, this is a testament to the severity of the ordeals she has faced as an independent reporter in her small Caucasian country.
No one got a free pass from Ismayilova — not representatives of the regime, and not even its critics.No one got a free pass from Ismayilova — not representatives of the regime, and not even its critics. In a November 2014 interview with Jamil Hasanli, an opposition leader and former presidential candidate, she demanded that he provide concrete examples of his claims that protesters had been persecuted ahead of the 2015 parliamentary elections — and he could produce only one. She went on to criticize the National Council, which represents a union of opposition parties, for failing to properly document the government’s violations.
Ismayilova kept reporting — even as the space for independent media continued to shrink.Ismayilova kept reporting — even as the space for independent media continued to shrink. After she co-authored a story in 2010 exposing a government privatization scheme that had bypassed a state body charged with ensuring transparent competition, Azerbaijan’s parliament responded by passing a number of restrictive amendments limiting the rights of journalists to obtain information and granting the ruling family immunity from prosecution for any crimes committed during Aliyev’s presidency. It’s no wonder that the Committee to Protect Journalists has listed Azerbaijan among the 10 most censored countries in the world.
“She would call at 2 am and ask questions about a specific case she was looking into. She is like a force of nature. You can never say no to her.”“She would call at 2 am and ask questions about a specific case she was looking into. She is like a force of nature. You can never say no to her.”
“I was actually happy she was arrested,” says Elmira Ismayilova, Khadija’s mother.“I was actually happy she was arrested,” says Elmira Ismayilova, Khadija’s mother. Seeing in her daughter in jail, she says, was preferable to hearing that she’d met the same fate as her murdered colleagues.
She wanted to expose, for all the world to see, the dirty tactics practiced by the Aliyev regime.She wanted to expose, for all the world to see, the dirty tactics practiced by the Aliyev regime.