Chief of Presidential Administration Department: Azerbaijan Journalism Not Yet Reached Level That Could Free Journalist from Responsibility
Commenting the yesterday statement made by Mikolosh Kharaszti, the OSCE Special Representative on the importance of Azerbaijan passing the Bill On Defamation, Ali Hassanov, the Chief of the Social and Political Department of the Azerbaijan Presidential Administration, has exclusively informed Trend that the Azerbaijan journalism has not yet reached the level that could free the journalist from responsibility. Mr. Hassanov said that every day the papers write insulting messages addressing hundreds, and even thousands of people. Their honour and dignity are insulted all the way it is possible. If we release all that from criminal responsibility, it will cause anxiety concerning the methods these people will use to protect themselves from press in Azerbaijan. Therefore, we consider that the Bill on Defamation should be passed in those countries where journalism is highly developed, the ethical code is approved, and public norms of journalism are set up. Only after that, we may talk about Azerbaijan passing th
e bill, he said. Mr. Hassanov also noted that OSCE could not fail to insist on Azerbaijan passing the bil. Every country has its rights and they are protected by the OSCE and other international organization principles, the Chief of the Social and Political Department of the Azerbaijan Presidential Administration said.