Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 24
The media play an important role in formation and development of the society, therefore, Azerbaijan’s National Leader Heydar Aliyev viewed the media as one of the important institutes of the Azerbaijani society, Azerbaijani President’s Aide for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov said Dec. 24.
He was addressing a ceremony of awarding of the winners of a journalistic essays competition, held by the State Fund for the Support to Mass Media Development under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of Azerbaijanis and New Year.
Hasanov reminded that National Leader Heydar Aliyev abolished all the mechanisms of public regulation of the media and journalists created the Press Council of Azerbaijan.
He added that the Azerbaijani state views the media as an important institute of the society. “President Ilham Aliyev has stated that he does not imagine Azerbaijan without free media,” said Hasanov, adding that nearly 28 million manats have been allocated for development of the media through the State Fund for the Support to Mass Media Development.
“Nearly the same amount has been allocated to address the problems of the media, the media outlets’ debts have been written off, and the media are using all the care mechanisms provided by the state,” added Hasanov.
He reminded that the state has built and continues to build houses for journalists.
“The state is doing all this for you to be able to skillfully realize your role in the Azerbaijani society,” said Hasanov.
“We can do nothing without independent media, without intelligent journalists,” he added. “Therefore the state is taking the care of the journalists.”
Hasanov also reminded that the media play an important role in communicating the truth about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the world community.
“Today we are facing the big Armenian lobby, the Islamophobe circles. There are such missionary organizations that don’t accept Azerbaijan’s development, our opposers increase in number as our country develops. To fight all this, we expect support from the media,” he added.