Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 12 / Trend T.Hajiyev /
The Azerbaijani Constitution's article on the right to physical integrity should find reflection in norms of professional ethics of journalists, Press Council Chairman Aflatun Amashov said at a roundtable organized jointly with the OSCE Baku Office on improving the standards of professional ethics of journalists.
"It should be defined when journalists may conduct shootings, and when they should stop them," Amashov said.
He said changes were proposed to the rules of professional ethics of journalists in connection with certain moments.
A new mechanism should be created for the expansion of the council's public activities and increasing credibility of society.
"We want to create a mechanism whereby if occurs a dispute between a citizen and the press, then they primarily addressed to the Council. This is very important. Of course, the individual has a right to go to court. But let it go to court if his claim does not find its solution in the council," he added.
"At the moment the main objective is to make the Press Council structure, which unites all the press in Azerbaijan," OSCE Baku Office Head Ali Bilge Cankorel said. "The Press Council should form its own code in accordance with the codes of other countries."
"In addition, the OSCE Baku Office has been working to introduce a law on defamation. OSCE media representative Mijatovic will visit Baku in September to revise these two issues and take part in an international conference in Baku," he added.
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