Baku hosts conference the “Media environment in Azerbaijan: current situation and new challenges”

Baku hosts conference the “Media environment in Azerbaijan: current situation and new challenges”
# 25 September 2012 11:41 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Rashad Suleymanov – APA. The two-day conference named “Media environment in Azerbaijan: current situation and new challenges” is being held in Baku. APA reports that the head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Roland Cobia said at the conference that the EU don’t want the mistakes on the restriction of media made in the member-countries to be repeated in partner-countries: “Media Freedom is one of the fundamental values of the EU. Formerly the member-countries made mistakes in this sphere. Today, the EU is taking steps towards the direction of media rights protection. We condemn all influences to the media. Azerbaijan has archived great successes within 20 years.”

The ambassador also noted that today Azerbaijani TV channels appreciate and praise the works carried out by the government, but opposition’s opinions are not observed on TV.”

Sector chief of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Vugar Aliyev spoke about the steps taken towards the development of media in Azerbaijan. He said that there are problems in Azerbaijan as in every society. According to Aliyev, the important discussions about the current situation and prospects of media in Azerbaijan are being held and it will be continued.

Oliver Money-Kyrle, the Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists, said that the development of media is one of the most important factors in democratization process.

Aflatun Amashov, the chairman of the Press Council, Vugar Safarli, the executive director of the State Support Fund for the Development of Mass Media and others made speeches at the event.
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