ALI HASANOV: "FULLY FREE MEDIA HAS ALREADY BEEN FORMED IN AZERBAIJAN"

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APA
30 July 2013 12:21

"One of those who wants to run for president says if he comes to
power, he will put to silence the journalists writing about him, while
Azerbaijan's President has never used a word insulting journalists

Baku. Ramil Mammadli - APA. "Azerbaijani President has never used
a word insulting the journalists", said chief of Socio-Political
Department of Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov delivering a
speech at the specialized courses on election law for the chairpersons
of Constituency Election Commissions (DEC), APA reports.

He said that media must be unbiased: "It's impossible to imagine any
democratic society without free press or political pluralism. But,
the press must show its neutral position not only in elections, but
always. Press influences formation of choice and general outlook of
the people. Press paves the way for assessment of both authorities
and their opponents".

According to Ali Hasanov, fully free media has been formed in
Azerbaijan. "Continuous measures have been taken by the state for
the development of media. Orders were issued in various years,
support was shown to strengthen material-technical basis of media,
solve social problems of journalists. Much has been done and it is
impossible to observe it in other parts of the world. Apartments given
to 156 journalists prove it. The Azerbaijani authorities have nothing
to hide from media. Azerbaijan is one of the democratic, free states
of the world. Free media is one of the factors improving democratic
development of Azerbaijan. You remember how much pressure was once
exerted on journalists. Journalists were beaten, underwent pressure.

Even now one of those who wants to run for president says if he
comes to power, he will put to silence the journalists writing about
him, while Azerbaijan's President has never used a word insulting
journalists," he said.




From: A. Papazian