Welcome, everyone! Here’s the program for the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, (#GIJC13), scheduled for October 12-15, 2013, in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. It’s the first time we’re holding the GIJC in the global south, and we’re combining it with two other key events in journalism: the annual Latin America Investigative Journalism Conference (COLPIN), and the International Congress of ABRAJI, Brazil’s investigative journalism association. Panels and workshops will be available in languages as marked: English (Eng), Portuguese (Port), Spanish (Span). Plenary and showcase panels will be translated into all three. There will be streaming video available for all plenary and showcase panels and all those held in the RDC auditorium (C1). We look forward to seeing you in Rio!
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Khadija Ismayilova

OCCRP/Radio Free Europe
Baku, Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova works with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and hosts a daily current affairs show on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan. She started out as a translator at the offices of a newspaper in Baku, but gradually traded her job for one as a reporter. Now she hosts a weekly program on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani service, where she reports on corruption and malfeasance in the country’s government and the unethical business dealings of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s family. In 2008, the national government banned all international stations from broadcasting on local frequencies. RFE/RL now disseminates its programming, including Khadija’s show, through satellite and the Internet.

Khadija received international attention when she was blackmailed and publicly defamed in the spring of 2012. Almost exactly seven years before, in 2005, investigative journalist Elmar Huseynov had been murdered in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Khadija says, "They killed him at his doorstep. And the first thing I thought when I heard was It’s my responsibility too. It’s my fault as well, because he was doing it alone."

In 2012 she received both the Zeit Foundation award and the International Women’s Media Federation’s Courage Award.


My Speakers Sessions

Monday, October 14

1:45pm PDT