Azerbaijani Press Council ` s next meeting was held on March 28. In the first part of the meeting Council `s chairman Alflatun Amashev has presented a report on the Council` s activity for the February-March 2004.
The report stated that the most significant event for these two months was publication of the Mohammed cartoons in several Mass Media sources around the world. The Press Council has addressed all the local Mass Media on February 7 to prevent this sort of publications.
The permanent Commission for the resolution of problems between press and the state bodies has reviewed appeals by Merkez, Azadliq Fedayalyari, Kino and Myamlyakyat newspapers and took the relevant measures. Commission also presented its opinion on Milli Yol, Azadliq ve Zaman and Alternativ newspapers. 30 written and 50 verbal statements were reviewed by the Commission it totals.
The ceremony of awarding 140 journalists with Taraggi medal, Merited Journalist and Merited Artist titles took place on February 28. 23 February the Press Council has issued an appeal to the georgian President and on February 24 it has organized together with the General Attorney office a seminar for journalists writting on legal matters. After, the Council held a hearing on the appeal of the State Marine Rescue Service against the Milli Yol nespaper, Lachin district Executive authorities against Azadliq ve Zaman neaspaper and MP Aydin Abbasov` s voters appeal against the Reallig newspaper.