April 25, 2013


Vienna, 25 April 2013

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is alarmed about campaigns of intimidation against two of Radio Azadliq journalists, Khadija Ismayilova and Yafez Hasanov. Ismayilova’s investigative reports are international well known.

Today, on 25 April, a pro-government website posted a pornographic video that was fabricated to portray Ismayilova engaging in sexual acts.

Some weeks earlier, on 4 April a package was sent to Hasanov’s home with papers that suggested he was having relationships with several women.

Hasanov also received a call from a man who identified himself as an agent of the Ministry of National Security (MNS), and asked Hasanov to cooperate with MNS. The caller also warned that if Hasanov reported about one politician he would be exposed and his life and the lives of his family members would be for ever in danger.