Press Council chairman addresses reporters over front line developments

Press Council chairman addresses reporters over front line developments
# 25 July 2015 12:35 (UTC +04:00)
It is normal for the society to be interested in the developments on the frontline. Media outlets trying to act adequately in this situation is acceptable. However, given the sensitivity of the society to such news, a professional approach to the matter is required, Chairman of the Press Council Aflatun Amashov wrote on his Facebook on July 25, APA reported.
Amashov mentioned that the Press Council had previously stated its position on the matter during the major ceasefire violations in August 2014.
“The Council is of the opinion that accuracy and objectivity of information is as essential as media’s operativity in providing community with developments on the front line. Sensitive activity is not merely confined to journalists’ compliance with professional ethics but also avoidance from issues which would possibly come in contrast with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In both cases, they stand on guard for public interests and what they do is nothing less than that which our soldiers are doing in the trench,” said Amashov.
As the chairman of the Press Council, a self-regulative body of Azerbaijani media, Amashov called once again on those journalists, media outlets as well as news websites disseminating reports from the front line to be more sensitive.
“In my view, their sensitive approach will have demonstrated their proficiency in the first place. For the time being, the only way to do that is about verification of facts with the Defense Ministry, the related state authority, and avoidance from disseminating pieces of information that are not officially verified. We must keep in mind that pieces of information that are released into circulation – regardless of their possible positive and negative aspects – may probably run contrary to the national interests of Azerbaijan.
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