Azerbaijan considers criminalizing defamation of president on Internet
- 15 November 2016
Baku. Mubariz Aslanov – APA. Azerbaijani Parliament is considering criminalizing defamation of the country’s president on the Internet.
In this regard, Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov has presented to the parliament draft proposals on addition of Article 323-1 (illegal actions or humiliation of honor and dignity of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic in public statement, publicly shown product or mass media) of the Criminal Code.
According to the draft amendment, the words “or mass media” shall be replaced by the words “in mass media or in internet resources in case of public dissemination”.
For these actions, the applicable law envisages a fine of 500 to 1,000 manats, or correctional labor up to two years, or imprisonment for a period of two years.
It is also proposed to add Article 323.1-1 to the law. For the actions mentioned in Article 323.1, the draft amendment envisages a fine of 1,000 to 1,500 manats or imprisonment for a period of three years.