Safeguarding freedom of information

December 18th, 2012

IRFS believes that one of the most effective strategies is providing local citizens and the international community with access to information. By expanding conventional understanding about the role of the media in Azerbaijan, we are increasing expectations, thereby creating a culture where the public demands freedom of press, with full and balanced news coverage.
For more information, contact us at info (at) irfs (dot) org
• Promoting internet freedom
Through Expression Online Initiative, IRFS works to develop best practices and promote informed public dialogue for advancing Internet access and freedom in Azerbaijan. The final goal is to broaden diversity of available information empowering citizens in acting as a potent weapon against lack of democracy and transparency.
Expression Online is working in three main directions:
• Advanced on-going research exploring internet accessibility, access to information and implementation of e-governance and freedom of expression on the internet in a rigorous, objective manner; investigating the consequences of current and anticipated government’s “trends” in filtering and restriction practices, and their implications for democracy and transparency.
• Development and deployment of a suite of core recommendations/tools for the guarantee of freedom and accessibility on/of the internet; and
• Capacity-building among networks of local advocates and researchers, enabled to access more readily (through training and resources) the vast repertoire of experiences and expertise in promotion of free internet practices
Make sure you read Expression Online’s recent report: Searching for Freedom: Online Expression in Azerbaijan on the state of Internet Freedom.
For more information, contact us at info (at) irfs (dot) org