Media Assistance Fund to launch soon in Azerbaijan

Society Materials 16 January 2009 11:34 (UTC +04:00)
Media Assistance Fund to launch soon in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 16/ Trend , J. Babayeva/

The establishment of the Media Assistance Fund is nearing completion.

Documents to launch the fund will be submitted to the president within several days.

"The Media Assistance Fund will operate in line with the new concept on governmental support for the media," head of the Presidential Administration's Social and Political Department Ali Hasanov told Trend .

Azerbaijan's Press Council proposed establishing the Media Assistance Fund to address financial problems in the sector.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Alyev issued a decree to develop a concept for governmental support of the media in July 2008.

Hasanov said the concept will not render assistance to "racket" journalism.

"The concept will not cover media outlets engaged in illegal activities," he said. "Only media outlets that inform the public openly and promote political pluralism will receive financial assistance. This does not mean that we will distribute money among them. Media outlets who contribute to the development of media will be financed."

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