On June 20, a round table was held on topic Press and Society, with the initiative of New Azerbaijan Party (NAP). The meeting was attended by heads of media structures, parliament deputies and party chairmen, Trend reports.
The executive secretary of NAP Ali Ahmadov noted that there were several problems in the sphere of freedom of word and press. In our opinion, three problems exist in the sphere of press. One of them is insulting of citizens, second racketeership, blackmail and slander, and third - politicalization of press in result of monopoly by separate parties, told Ahmadov
Ahmadov stressed that above-mentioned problems damaged the prestige of Azeri press.
Aflatun Amashov, the head of the Press Council, Azeri press faced financial difficulties. For this reason, the press is politicalized. Besides, Amashov stressed that the Press Council has received about 3500 complaints from citizens about the insulting in press.
Then, the head of the TV and Radio Broadcasting Company Nushiravan Maharramli gave information about the situation existing in TV channels. According to Maharramli, processes are continuing to bring the local TV channels into conformity with the world standards. The chairman of Union of Journalists of Azerbaijan Elchin Shikhlinski proposed to close the newspapers that cannot afford its payments.