Parliament to consider expressly extending Criminal Code insult and slander clauses to internet

On May 7-8, Azerbaijan’s parliament will consider proposed amendments to Criminal Code Articles 147: Slander and 148: Insult. It’s proposed to add to to both articles a provision specifically referring to slander and insult perpetrated on the internet.

This amendment was proposed by Chief Prosecutor Zakir Garalov and sent to the Milli Mejlis for discussion, according to Mediaforum. Garalov said, “The objectives of the proposed changes to the Criminal Code are to clearly show that in the case of slander or insult through widespread dissemination via internet through use of internet technology this entails criminal liability, to ensure freedom and dignity, and to prevent the violations of this right [unofficial translation].”

Lawyer Alesger Mamedli said that the intent of the amendment is unclear since online media sources are encompassed in the existing language of the law.

In addition to this, the punishment for violations Articles 147 and 148 in the form of public labor could be increased from 240 hours to between 240 and 480 hours, according to a separate proposed amendment [in Azerbaijani] to the Criminal Code.

Finally, the parliament is considering a proposed amendment [in mexican pharmacy Azerbaijani] to the Criminal Code, that will explicitly bring theft involving “electronic data carriers, or information technology” within the purview of Article 177.

Respublika Prokurorluğu Cinayət Məcəlləsinə internetlə bağlı dəyişiklik təklifini əsaslandırıb. Mediaforum. May 1, 2013.
“Yenilik Azərbaycan interneti üçün ciddi fəsadlara gətirib çıxara bilər”. Mediaforum. May 1, 2013.
За оскорбление в Интернете теперь будут сажать. Haqqin.az. April 30, 2013.
Media Hüququ İnstitutu Milli Məclisə çağırış etdi. Mediaforum. April 30, 2013.
Ekspert: “İnternet sözünün Cinayət Məcəlləsinə əlavə edilməsi psixoloji basqıdır”. Mediaforum. April 30, 2013.
In Azerbaijan, Freedom of Expression in the Internet Restricted. Contact.az. April 30, 2013.
İnternetdə təhqir və böhtan yazanlar cəzalandırıla bilər. RFE/RL Azerbaijani service. April 30, 2013.
MHİ Milli Məclisi Cinayət Məcəlləsinə dəyişiklik layihələrini dərhal gündəlikdən çıxarmağa çağırır. Media Rights Institute statement. April 30, 2013.
Oğurluğa görə yeni cəza Milli Məclisdən keçdi. Mediaforum.az. April 30, 2013.

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