EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Eurovision Issue Closed – new rules insuring privacy in voting

Posted by Info on 22/09/2009

Radio Free: Eurovision had investigated reports that some Azerbaijani citizens who had voted for the Armenian song in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow in May were called to the Security Ministry to explain their vote.

Although Eurovision did not sanction Azerbaijan, it did change its rules so that the national broadcaster will now be responsible for the actions of the telecom company in the event that such phone records are reported to the government.

The change is seen as ensuring the privacy of the millions of people taking part in the Eurovision voting.

In one example of the harassment, Rovshan Nasirli, a 25-year-old Azerbaijani, was called to the Security Ministry on August 12 to explain why he voted for the Armenian song in the contest. The officials told Nasirli that his vote for Armenia — Azerbaijan’s long-standing rival — was a matter of national security.

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