Liberties and freedom in Azerbaijan
With regard to political and civil freedoms, Azerbaijan is 3. Citizens in Azerbaijan experience little to no civil liberties and political rights. Citizens are not free to express themselves and do not enjoy political freedom or a representative government. Countries with this political situation are dangerous for investment, as an authoritarian government may have outsize control over economic matters. The businesses of Azerbaijan are 3 in terms of economic liberty. Citizens in Azerbaijan are considered moderately free with regards to their economic decisions. The government in this country exerts noticeable control over businesses and other economic activities. Citizens may own property and control certain financial decisions, but in many cases the government can take control over private property for state needs. In terms of journalistic freedom, the media of Azerbaijan is in a 5. In Azerbaijan, while journalists are allowed to express a variety of opinions, they are only permitted to publish those that do not oppose government or state ideology. The government in this country may have its own state-sponsored publications to further their ideas and beliefs. This is considered to be a problematic situation.