Minister replies to letter about Internet regulation

first_img Follow the news on Azerbaijan —————–29.07 – Letter to communications minister about plan for agency to supervise Internet Reporters Without Borders and the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), an Azerbaijani NGO that defends the rights of journalists, wrote to communications and information technology minister Ali Abbasov today asking him to explain the responsibilities of a state agency he plans to create to oversee Internet security. Abbasov told the Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) on 19 July that he wanted to set up an agency to supervise the Internet in Azerbaijan and prevent cyber-crimes.“This plan poses a potential threat to online free speech as its duties are very vague,” the two organisations said. “By monitoring the Internet, the authorities will be able to track down those who criticise the government. Defamation lawsuits are already the preferred method of censorship in Azerbaijan, with the independent and opposition media being constantly harassed by the government.”The two organisations added: “We therefore call on the minister to provide details about this planned agency and about the guarantees that he will give regarding respect for online freedom of expression.”Most of Azerbaijan’s Internet Service Providers cannot use their own satellite network to access the Internet and must submit to state control. The communications ministry offers its own Internet access service through Bakinternet (www.bakinter.net). Three journalists are currently in prison in Azerbaijan, serving sentences ranging from two and a half years to four years in prison. They are Eynulla Fatullaev, the editor of the dailies Realny Azerbaijan and Gundalik Azerbaijan, Ganimat Zahidov, the editor of the opposition daily Azadlig, and his older brother Sakit Zahidov, a contributor to the newspaper. Ganimat Zahidov was given a four-year sentence by a Baku court on 7 March on charges of “aggravated hooliganism” and assault and battery.” Hearings in his appeal began on 7 May.IRFS also considers Bizim Yol Newspaper journalist Mushfig Huseynov, who was arrested for taking a bribe, to be wrongfully imprisoned. More information about the press freedom situation in AzerbaijanRead the letter : AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more News In Azeri News See a map of European CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Teams) Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News August 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister replies to letter about Internet regulation News to go further Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS)’s director,Emin Huseynov, have received a reply to the letter they wrote to Azerbaijani minister of communications and information technology Ali Abbasov on 29 July voicing concern about the creation of a new government agency to regulate the Internet.The minister’s reply confirms that the creation of a National Centre for Electronic Security (CERT) “is being studied” and he insists that its legal basis will be “in accordance with article 7.3.4 of the Activity Plan of the Electronic Azerbaijan State Programme” and with the European Council’s “Convention on Cyber-crime,” which Azerbaijan has signed.He acknowledges that “as part of urgent measures to provide electronic security,” information will gathered about “unexpected, accidental and intentional interference in the national Internet space and existing information systems.” But he adds that “recommendations with be prepared to prevent any disturbances that could arise, our assistance will be offered, and the population, as well as state and other organizations, will be informed about these things” and that the centre “will not have the authority to cease the activities of people and/or institutions that participate in causing computer dangers, to close resources, to block email addresses, etc.”Read the minister’s reply June 8, 2021 Find out more Communications and Information technology minister Ali Abbasov told the Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) on 19 July that he wanted to set up an agency to supervise the Internet in Azerbaijan and prevent cyber-crimes.“This plan poses a potential threat to online free speech as its duties are very vague,” the two organisations said. Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says In English RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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