Some int'l organizations' assessments on freedom of speech & media in Azerbaijan cause doubts: state top official
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 20 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
The Head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Department expressed his doubts concerning some international organization's statements on freedoms of speech and media in Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan always took into account recommendation of the international organizations where it holds membership. But unfortunately, these organizations' assessments mostly base on subjective opinions. Their assessment causes our doubts. Although we have informed them about a biased character of these opinions, they continue to sound such opinions," the Head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Public-Political Department, Ali Hasanov said in his interview with the ruling New Azerbaijan Party's (NAP) official Web site.
OSCE media freedom representative Miklos Haraszti said in his interview with the Reuters agency that there is a pressure on freedom of speech and media in Azerbaijan.
More than 3,300 media outlets were registered in Azerbaijan. Currently only 600 of them function. Nearly 400 newspapers and magazines are published and more than 20 television channels function. There are about 50 electronic media outlets, 20 news agencies, and the rest are the Internet resources in Azerbaijan.
Hasanov said Azerbaijan needs freedoms of speech and media.
"This is the essence of the way which Azerbaijan has chosen. We also take into account the international organizations' opinions, but follow own way," Hasanov added.