Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Wins Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

4 May 2016

Khadija Ismayilova, imprisoned investigative Azerbaijani journalist, is this year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize laureate.

In 2015 Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on what has been widely recognized as politically motivated charges in retaliation for her investigation into corruption surrounding President Aliyev’s family. Nonetheless, she continues to fight for freedom of press regardless of her difficult present circumstances.

Ljiljana Zurovac, President of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016 Jury, noted: “Khadija Ismayilova highly deserves the Prize and I am happy to see that her courage and professionalism are recognized.”

The $25,000 Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on 17 December 1986.

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