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24, July, Baku: Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s trial is set to begin Baku on Friday.

According to reports the journalist who had been detained on charges of abuse of power ,embezzlement and tax evasion could face upto 19 years imprisonment if she is found guilty by the court. Ismayilova is believed to have been arrested because of her coverage on Corruption at government levels in Azerbaijan. “Azerbaijan should do the right thing and free Khadija Ismayilova, along with all other journalists imprisoned in the country,” said Nina Ognianova, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator. “This would be a crucial first step in addressing Azerbaijan’s tarnished image which reached a new low amid the European Games last month.”

According to CPJ, Azerbaijan, is holding at least seven other journalists in jail in relation to their work. A research done by CPJ also ranks the country as one of the World‘s 10 Most Censored nations.  “Authorities have persecuted journalists, as well as press freedom advocates and media lawyers, and forced them to censor themselves or go into exile or hiding to avoid politically motivated prosecutions or imprisonment,” a statement issued by CPJ said on Friday.
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