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Azerbaijan is a European country whose area extends to Asia and whose primary religion is Islam. It was formerly part of the Soviet Union.

General censorship[]

  • The mainstream television, by which Azerbaijanis receive news coverage, is unswervingly pro-government and under strict government control. Practically, it is a mouthpiece for Aliyev's government.

TV censorship[]

  • Any show not in Azeri language, including Russian and Turkish language shows, are banned in Azerbaijan since 2009. Russian was common in the country due to it being formerly part of the Soviet Union and Turkish is similar to Azeri, making many TV shows being in these languages in the country, which was felt by the government as undermining the predominance of the Azeri language and culture.

Book censorship[]

  • When entering the Azerbaijan, any copy of The Bible will be confiscated by the border patrol guards.

Movie censorship[]

Any film that paints Armenians in a positive light is banned, due to the fact that Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh war against Armenia, making the demonization of Armenians state policy (as well as denying the existence of the Armenian Genocide, like the neighbouring Turkey does).

  • Hostage - this movie by Azeri director Eldar Guliev, which tells the story of an Armenian hostage during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, was banned as it showed an Armenian in a positive light.

Video game censorship[]

Internet censorship[]

The Internet in Azerbaijan is controlled by the government and has been fairly obvious about systematic government filtering or blocking of the Internet, the government also maintains a heavy-handed approach to political opposition in online forums. As Azerbaijan clashed with Armenia in 2020, the government shutdown all social media and communication for its citizens

Blocked sites[]

  • www.susmayaq.biz
  • www.day.az/forum
  • tinsohbeti.com
  • At Internet cafés, many owners impose restrictions that prevent users from downloading large attachments and visiting certain pornographic sites. These policies are not universal, and are implemented at the discretion of café owners.
  • At businesses, most employers limit access to the Internet through the use of intelligent firewalls restricting the downloading of files with certain extensions (.mp3, .avi, .mpg, .mov, etc.), as well as access to storage file servers and to the servers of instant messaging clients such as ICQ, MSN, Skype, and others. On 12 May 2017, after independent opposition news sites were blocked in Azerbaijan, all calls via the Internet were blocked entirely (or as limited as possible in terms of speed of access to services). At the same time, no official statements were made by the government of the Republic. The following blocked services were:
  • Telegram
  • Facebook
  • WhatsApp
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • TikTok
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Zoom
  • Skype
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