March 25, police in Azerbaijan, closely monitors discussions on the popular social media platform, Facebook. Some users reportedly are invited for questioning.
The national parliament adopted changes to the law on Information, Informatisation, and Protection of Information, ten days ago, and already, several social media users have been questioned by the police over their posts.
Local authorities are relying on the new article “Violating sanitary hygiene, quarantine and pandemic regimes” when questioning social media users.
On March 21, AIW reported of Ilgar Atayev, who was called in for questioning and charged with article 388.1 of the code of administrative offenses – sharing of prohibited information on the Internet or Internet – telecommunication networks. Authorities claim, Atayev, shared information on COVID without quoting official sources and that shared information was false.
Since then, at least two more cases have been reported.
In another case, Anar Malikov, an opposition activist, was sentenced to ten days of administrative detention for violating the pandemic regime.