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Azerbaijan: OSCE criticizes Baku for backsliding on defamation

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 2 May 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijan: OSCE criticizes Baku for backsliding on defamation, 2 May 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/519a6bbe2f.html [accessed 24 July 2016]
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May 02, 2013

By RFE/RL

The OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, Dunja MijatovicThe OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatovic

The media freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has criticized Azerbaijan for not living up to its commitments to decriminalize defamation.

Dunja Mijatovic made the statement while attending events to mark World Press Freedom Day in the Costa Rican capital, San Jose.

Mijatovic said Baku pledged to decriminalize defamation in 2006 but that the government has recently proposed amendments that "go in the opposite direction."

She said she was also concerned by a proposal to include "all publicly accessible online resources" in the proposed law.

The government and family of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev have been the subject of numerous media reports alleging nepotism and corruption, including some based on online corporate registration records.

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