Draft law criminalizing online defamation of president to be tabled at Azerbaijani parliament
- 16 November 2016
Baku. Mubariz Aslanov – APA. The draft law criminalizing defamation of president on the Internet will be discussed at the upcoming plenary session of the Azerbaijani Parliament.
At the meeting of the parliamentary Committee on law policy and state building on Nov. 15, Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General, Zakir Garalov 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.