Free Media Awards 2013
Tahmina Tagizade - Azerbaijan

Tahmina Tagizade (b. 1982) is above all active as an independent, experienced journalist in the provincial town of Ganja and the surrounding region in northern Azerbaijan.

She has championed the rights of the general public, often at great cost to her personally. Despite reprisals on the part of a conservative, authoritarian administration, Tagizade continues tirelessly in the pursuit of her journalistic activities.

She has her own blog (, on which she stands out as a prudent commentator and observer.

For years, she has been a coordinator, journalist and editor at the Ganja Media Centre.

She is currently working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani service, Radio Azadliq, as a Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow, a prize awarded by RFE/RL in conjunction with the Czech government, and for the website where she is also video editor.

Tahmina Tagizade was nominated by the German Embassy in Baku.