Chamber judgment concerning Azerbaijan

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In the case of Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan, the Court has found a violation of the right to respect for private life and the right to freedom of expression.

The applicant, who was working at the time for Radio Azadliq (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), is an investigative journalist  who is highly critical of the Government. She complained of interference in her intimate and private life, submitting that the harassment which she had suffered had been part of a systematic smear campaign being conducted against journalists in Azerbaijan for political reasons.

The Court took note, in particular, of information on cases of persecution of journalists in Azerbaijan and on the overall impression that the persecutors could act with impunity.

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