RESTRICTION OF ACCESS TO RADIO LIBERTY WEBSITE CONTINUES

March 9th, 2010
Restriction of access to Radio Liberty website from several internet providers operating in Azerbaijan including Bakinternet”, “Azeronline”, “Uninet”, “Ultel”, “Connect” and “Adanet” is continuing.

The “Facebook” social network disseminated information regarding this. The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety conducted an investigation into this issue. “Ultel” provider told IRFS that the problem is linked to the website itself.

“Connect” provider’s operator Tofig Huseynov said that “Connect” did not impose any restriction on access to Radio Liberty website.

“Azeronline” representative on customer services Tural Omarov said that it is possible to access website by writing www at the beginning of azadliq.org.

According to “Bakinternet” and “Uninet”, the problem is not related to providers.

Communication and Information Technologies Ministry’s Information Society Development Department Director Rufat Gulmammadov told IRFS that these issues are out of their authority.

IRFS wanted to contact “Aztelekom” to learn their side of story regarding this issue, but our calls went unanswered.

On 6 March, at 3:00 p.m., access to Radio Liberty’s website from several internet providers operating in Azerbaijan – “Bakinternet”, “Azeronline”,  “Uninet”, Ultel  and  “Connect” – was restricted.  On 8 March, at 3:30 p.m., access to Radio Liberty’s website was restricted by “Adanet” provider.