Khadija Ismayilova

Critical journalist Khadija Ismayilova is serving more than seven years in jail. (Khadija Ismayilova/RFE/RL)

Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative reporter and program host on Radio Azadlyg, was sentenced in September 2015 to seven and a half years in prison on charges of illegal business, tax evasion, abuse of power, and embezzlement. Before her imprisonment, authorities had consistently harassed Ismayilova through smear campaignsprosecution, and travel bans, CPJ found.

Source: CPJ