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From Uncovering Corruption to Facing Conviction: One Journalist’s Story

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Civic space is the underpinning for open government, allowing people to – among other things – speak freely and advocate for change without fear of government reprisal or violence. Yet, it is eroding globally. According to CIVICUS–a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening civil society–only 3.1 percent of the world’s population now live in countries with open civic space.

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has spent her career shedding light on corrupt practices in her home country of Azerbaijan. In this episode, Khadija shares how her reporting on government corruption led to blackmail, intrusive surveillance, and unjust imprisonment. We also learn about what we can do to create a space for journalists to hold power to account without fear of retaliation.

  • Guest: Khadija Ismayilova, Investigative Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, Toplum TV
  • Host: Stephanie Bluma, Chief Communications and Campaigns Officer, OGP

This episode was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Open Government Partnership and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

Comments (1)

Gladys Estela Riveros Rojas Reply

Hablar libremente y abogar por el cambio sin temor a represalias o violencia del gobierno.
Cada persona es libre de expresarse en un estado de derecho, pero siempre existe represalia de una u otra manera, esto tiene que cambiar y dejar de lado la burocracia estatal.

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