Intrepid Azerbaijani Reporter To Receive Courage in Journalism Award

May 32012

A native of Azerbaijan, OCCRP contributor Khadija Ismayilova produced a series of investigative stories that delved into the financial dealings of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. Her extensive reporting uncovered the president’s real estate holdings in Dubai, as well as the nature of his off-shore business holdings.

Her reporting comes at a price: she is a victim of constant threats and blackmail. Despite this, Ismayilova has remained undeterred in her reporting. Last May, she was honored with a Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.