Internet Freedom Claims Ring False

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

As Baku proudly hosts a regional forum debating the future of internet, the authorities continue to harass local activists trying to draw attention to the country’s shocking human rights. The government of Azerbaijan should use the Regional Internet Governance Forum as an opportunity to free detained and imprisoned journalists and activists, decriminalize libel, and end “witch hunt” on human rights NGOs, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) said today.

Azerbaijan’s Government Determined to Kill Internet Freedom

Jun 5th, 2013 | By

On Tuesday, President Aliyev signed a bill passed by the parliament that would criminalize defamatory and offensive views expressed on the internet. Now it is possible to launch a criminal case against online activists posting critical views on the internet referring to the Articles 147 and 148 of the Criminal Code, and jail them for up to three years.