Saturday, April 08, 2006

Telecommunications: Azerbaijan taps telephone calls to Armenia

Baku Today, reports that Azerbaijan's Communications and Information Technologies Minister, has confirmed that telephone conversations and Internet correspondence between Azerbaijan and Armenia, are under the surveillance of the National Security Ministry (NSM).

Rashid Hajili, Director of the Media Rights Institute, said that telephone conversations can be listened to only on the basis of special permission, and in concrete cases for operative reasons - therefore, mass control is inadmissible and a violation of the basic constitutional rights of citizens.

The co-chairman of the Helsinki Civil Assembly, Arzu Abdullayeva, said that it is nearly impossible to call Armenia from Azerbaijan, and e-mails have been controlled for a long time.