Freedom of Expression – Blocking of websites in Georgia

According to TeliaSonera’s Group Policy on Freedom of Expression in Telecommunications, available here, we will, whenever possible, report on our efforts in relation to requests or demands with potentially serious impacts on freedom of expression in telecommunications. Government's requests or demands often serve legitimate purposes such as the protection of certain human rights, but they may also be problematic in that they could conflict with other human rights. TeliaSonera's commitment is to respect freedom of expression in telecommunications

In Georgia, since the end of November 2015, three web-sites have been ordered to be permanently blocked; xalifati.wordpress dot com,  xalifati2.wordpress dot com and islamgeorgia dot com. According to the local State Security Services, these sites were carrying information on propaganda of fundamentalist ideology.

The Policy of TeliaSonera is not to engage in the politics of the countries in which we operate. We do not comment on politics or make political statements when representing our company. However, TeliaSonera does engage in dialogue regarding requests from authorities that affect our business and customers of companies in which we have ownership interests.