Appellate Court denies journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s appeal


On November 6th Baku Appellate Court heard an appeal of Radio Liberty (Radio Azadliq) journalist Khadija Ismayilova against Yasamal district court decision denying her defamation lawsuit against “Iki Sahil” newspaper filed in protection of her honor, dignity and reputation, as the journalist told IRFS today, November 7.

According to Ismayilova, the Appellate Court upheld Yasamal court’s decision and now she intends to file a cassation appeal.

Background: Journalist Khadija Ismayilova sued the Iki Sahil over the article ‘What is Khadija’s fault?’ published on 15 March 2013, considering this article to be libelous and damaging to her good name and business reputation. The journalist demanded that the newspaper publish an apology and refutation, and pay her 2,000 AZN in compensation for psychological damage. In March of this year her lawsuit was denied by Yasamal district court.

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