Media outlets need to be responsible and professional when reporting military info

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.2

By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

In the process of spreading information, it is necessary to take into account the particularities of the military service and military conditions and pay attention that the Defense Ministry is a closed structure, spokesperson of Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-Colonel Vagif Dergahli told Trend Sept.2.

"We are for constructive criticism, objective remarks. We speak for responsibility and professionalism, but prejudice, hatred and lack of coordination is inadmissible in the process of spreading information about the activities of the army," he added.

Dergahli stressed that the monitoring of media materials revealed that some media representatives have unprofessional approach to the abovementioned issues.

"Despite the repeated recommendations about the inadmissibility of spreading information containing the numbers of the military units of Azerbaijani armed forces, their goals and tasks, the areas of deployment and redeployment routes, some media representatives keep on mentioning this data in their materials," the spokesperson said.

"The leadership of the armed forces held a meeting of the ministry's board in the frontal zone. Although it was decided to inform the press about this the next day for security reasons, some media outlets spread this information shortly after the meeting. Another example: a serviceman has been killed on the line of contact and investigation is underway. And media outlets spread information indicating the name and surname of the serviceman before the family of the victim was informed about this. This is inadmissible," Dergahli stressed.

He also touched upon the problem related to the disinformation spread by Armenian media.

"Armenian media outlets spread disinformation about our army. Unfortunately, some media outlets of Azerbaijan make this disinformation public without verifying the data. Moreover, inaccurate information about the army, the situation and the losses on the contact line of the armies spread by some who pose as 'military experts', is given like true information. In many cases, the content of the 'news' that is used by Armenian media in the information war against Azerbaijan, coincide with the opinion of these 'experts'," Dergahli added.

Edited by CN

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