Azerbaijan Press Council Fails to Become Authority – Presidential Administration
Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 June / Trend corr E. Babayev/ Government believes the main problems of Azerbaijani mass media are economic instability and low professionalism.
"Mass media cannot correspond with the standards of market economy. Weak commercials market affects independence of the press. Professionalism of journalists is still not at the due level," Ali Hasanov, head of the Socio-Political Department at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, said on 20 June.
Azerbaijan's Press Council was established at the first Meetings of Journalists on 15 March 2003. Since establishment, it has been lead by Aflatun Amashov.
Hasanov said the Press Council must affect liberalization of relations between Government, public and mass media.
"However, the activities of the Press Council are not at the due level and it has not yet turned into an authority. Several press establishments are still ignoring recommendations of the organization," he said.