Weak Solidarity in Azerbaijan Journalist: Chairman of Press Council

Society Materials 8 September 2008 15:18 (UTC +04:00)
Weak Solidarity in   Azerbaijan Journalist: Chairman of Press Council

Azerbaijan, Baku 8 September / Trend , corr. I.Alizade, J.Babayeva / The Press Council of Azerbaijan stated that the solidarity in Azerbaijan journalism is much weaker as compared to the previous years.

"Today, speaking about solidarity in journalism can not fully reflect the reality. The Press Council considers that the reason for all problems is the bad condition of the written press," the Chairman of the Press Council, Aflatun Amashov, told Trend on 8 September.

8 September is the International Solidarity Day of Journalists. It was declared by the decision of IV congress of the International Organization of Journalists in 1958. Thus, 8 September commenced to be marked as International Solidarity Day of Journalists in honor of Czech journalist who was killed by the German fascists.

According to Amashov, even the solidarity of the journalists is much linked with the economic opportunities of the press. "As long as we have not created independent press, have not established economic columns of the press, it is impossible to speak of solidarity of the journalists. Because although the journalists try to be solidary, but the issue that their collective's finance comes from various places willingly or unwillingly prevent their solidarity," he said.

According to him, today the Azerbaijani press can not affect the political processes. "Influence of press on the political processes depends on range of closeness of separate media sources to the political processes," Amashov said.

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