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Investigative Journalism in Azerbaijan – live discussion in Washington

February 21 at the RFE/RL's Washington Office (1201 Connecticut Ave NW, 4th Floor) to be held a discussion about media situation in Azerbaijan.

Media freedom is severely restricted in Azerbaijan, according to Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders, and the country is perceived as highly corrupt, according to Transparency International. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) named Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev its 2012 "Organized Crime and Corruption Person of the Year." What drives a journalist to risk professional and personal retribution to investigate and expose official wrongdoing in such challenging circumstances?

RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose moderates a panel of practitioners and experts to address this question with a live audience in Washington and online via a Google+ Hangout at the event.

In Washington the discussion will be attended by Nushabe Fatullayeva, Reporter; RFE/RL Azerbaijan Service and OCCRP Fellow and contributor; Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan (1994-1997) and Hans Staiger, Program Consultant, International Center for Journalists

In San Francisco: Drew Sullivan, Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

The live broadcasting and discussion will by via Google+ and YouTube.

Follow updates for live links to the Google+ Hangout on Twitter (hashtag #RFERLive) and Facebook.



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