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Azerbaijan Criminalizes Defamation of President Online

Azerbaijan's parliament on Wednesday made online defamation of the president a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment. With almost all traditional media strictly controlled by the government, social media networks have become outlets for people to voice criticism in a country where the economy has suffered from the global slump in oil prices and a depreciating currency. Azerbaijan criminalized defamation over the internet three years ago, meaning many people now use aliases...

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