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Khadija Ismayilova

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
Regional Editor
Khadija Ismayilova is an award-winning investigative reporter from Azerbaijan and a regional editor for OCCRP. In the past decade, her investigative reporting has exposed corrupt and lucrative business deals involving President Aliyev’s family members. She has provided irrefutable evidence of corruption at the highest levels of Azerbaijan’s government, which also involved multinational companies like TeliaSonera. Her stories have uncovered how the wealth of Azerbaijan has been plundered, transferred abroad and used to influence European politicians in the Azerbaijani Laundromat. For spotlighting government corruption, Ismayilova has been subjected to smear campaigns, harassment and fabricated criminal charges. Despite serving one and a half years in prison, she has refused to be silenced, and continues to write.