Newspapers Violate Professional Principles 312 Times in February – Press Council
Azerbaijan, Baku, 5 March / Trend corr I. Alizade/ The examinations held by the Council on Press revealed that sometimes journalists do not observe the professional principles because they face unwillingness to divulge information to media representatives, indifferent attitude towards journalistic surveys and articles. "During the last month, newspapers violated professional principles nearly 312 times," Press Council's report for February says.
In January, non-observations of the professional principals took place 287 times. The growth was caused by violation of the first principle of professional ethic norms.
In order to regulate the common tendencies in press, the Press Council continues its monthly monitoring exercises. They were held in the following newspapers: The 525th Newspaper, Azerbaijan, Baki Xabar, Azadliq, Yeni Musavat, Sas, Gun Sahar, Xalg Qazeti, Adalat, Rating, Echo, Xalq Cabhasi, Olaylar, Respublika, Markaz, Yeni Azerbaijan, Impuls, Express, Paritet, Palitra, Sharq, Kaspi, Zerkalo, Xazar and Iki Sahil.
"Journalists do not strive much for learning the opinion of criticized sides and do not provide them appropriate conditions to express their opinion. This is especially a major characteristic of the political papers. In majority of the cases, opinion of the criticized party is shortly expressed and it is not professionalism, but imitation," the report said.
The investigations revealed that several articles of principles of protection of honour and dignity and the privacy are still being violated.
The Press Council said that the elements of insult were revealed to a certain degree in the materials of the papers of some political parties in the previous month.
In the previous month, a total of 48,039 materials were published in the papers. It is less than 4,498 as compared to the preceding month. There was a fall in the number of materials on crime, sport, education, culture, military, economy, religion and official themes.
In Feb, the press of the country preferred to publish materials of political character. The figure of February left behind that of January to a great degree.