Azerbaijan Press Council to hold special meeting on "racket" newspapers

Society Materials 23 January 2009 18:04 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 23 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/ Azerbaijan Press Council held its first meeting in 2009.

"Chairman Aflatun Amashov said that the public had welcomed the divulging the list of 36 "racket"," the Council told Trend on Jan. 23.

The Azerbaijan Press Council announced the names of 36 "racket" newspapers of 2008 and applied to the law enforcement agencies to investigate several cases.

Amashov believes that the media should be based on the high professionalism and ethical values in order to meet the interests and demands of the civil society. "It is important to provide for a similar approach to the Council's advisory address on the "racket" journalists to publishers, distributing companies, state and public entities," Amashov said.

The Press Council governing board urged for more serious measures to combat the "racket" journalism. "We have decided to convene a meeting at the Azerbaijan Publishing House in the coming days to address the issue. The Press Council members believe it would be expedient to start a new monitoring, together with the relevant bodies of the executive power, in the capital and the regions in order to directly observe the trends of the Press Council's commission on fight against racket journalism," Press Council said.

The meeting reviewed the addresses by certain media outlets which had been included in the "racket" list. "The Press Council Secretariat reviewed the relevant documents collected by the commissions on complaints and racket journalism. The truth of the facts was proved," the report says.

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