Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan
The case concerns an alleged smear campaign against Ismayilova, a well-known investigative journalist.
In March 2016, Privacy International together with other non-governmental organisations intervened in the case of Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan before the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerns an alleged smear campaign against Ismayilova, a well-known investigative journalist. Relying on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, the home and the correspondence), Ms Ismayilova alleges that the State was either directly responsible for the very serious intrusions into her private life, namely the threatening letter, the hidden cameras in her bedroom and the posting of intimate video recordings online, or, in any event, did not comply with its duty to take measures to protect her privacy rights by failing to conduct an effective investigation and identify those responsible.
Privacy International's intervention focusses, inter alia, on the positive obligations on Azerbaijan to protect journalists based on Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.