It looks like the Azerbaijani government is interested in taking up the internet regulation game. It’s a fairly exciting development, since traditional TV and radio sources are already largely government-controlled, or at least extremely sympathetic towards the state. The internet, however, is apparently a wild frontier, with loose bandits and morally corrupt ghouls roving the web, expressing opinions willy-nilly, and proliferating nudy pictures:
“There is no doubt, electronic media should be under control,” Aliyev said. “It is not permitted that everyone can say whatever comes into his mind, something against the state or pornographic materials. Therefore, a legal framework should be established in order to prevent illegal activities.”
I like that “something against the state” and “pornographic materials” are apparently on the same level of egregious offense.
Now, just for our mental exercise, let’s just step back for a moment and take this as a good-faith effort to promote serious development of the dissemination of information on the internet. While internet resources are developing, and the Azerbaijani government would be showing a remarkable aptitude for overseeing an interminably vast internet system, they still have no control over the seemingly simpler task of enforcing intellectual property law. Impressive, Azerbaijan.