Azerbaijani National Broadcasting Council Not to Supervise pre-Elections Propaganda at TV

Politics Materials 8 August 2008 21:01 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 August / corr. Trend E.Babayev / The Azerbaijani National Broadcasting Council (NBC) will not supervise compliance of presidential candidates' pre-elections propaganda campaign with the Law at the TV.

"The Central Elections Commission (CEC) will control the compliance of legislation during the elections period and only one part of this work will be connected with us. If they make decision on violation of the Law by any TV channel and appeal to us, we will make a decision on this TV channel," Nushiravan Maharramli, the chairman of the NBC, told Trend on 8 August.

The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October.

Maharramli stated that control mechanism to hold pre-election campaign was granted to the group on the Media. "In other word, a group on the Media will be formed at the Central Elections Commission (CEC). This group may include representatives of different Media, the CEC and the CEC developed a separate instruction for this purpose. They will supervise propaganda campaign," the chairman of the NBC said.

According to Maharramli, if the group on the Media finds out any violation of the law at the TV and if the CEC appeals to us on this matter, we will take relevant measures in respect of that TV channel.

"Only after their appeal, we will pay a special attention to this or that issue and from this point of view we will work jointly with the CEC. Separately, we will not supervise compliances of the propaganda campaign with the Law," Maharramli said.

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