Ali Hassanov, the Chief of the Social and Political Department of the Azerbaijan Presidential Administration said that the announcements of some international organizations concerning Azerbaijan journalism in negative way is not right and that Azerbaijan which is building a legal state will not allow this. Trend reports, that he was commenting announcements of some international organizations connected with the situation with the freedom of press in Azerbaijan.
Mr. Hassanov expresses his regrets that most of such announcements were subjective pieces of information of separate journalists or NGOs. One can feel that the most of these statements reflects concerns with the situation with the freedom of press in Azerbaijan. All the statements are groundless. There is no threat to the freedom of word and the freedom of press in Azerbaijan. The State has eliminated all barriers and obstacles in this field, and created all conditions needed for the development of the media in the country freely, he said.
Touching upon the tomorrow congress of journalists of the country, Mr. Hassanov said that the development of mass media had been observed in Azerbaijan. The situation with the press in the country is quite different of those that were 10 years ago. There have been some negative facts when Azerbaijan just gained its independence in early 1990s. One may say that attempts to remove the negative facts are vain. The experience of racket, disrespect to the civil rights, non-observation of the ethical norms of journalists are still developing in Azerbaijan. There are no efficient measures that could prevent it. The Press Union of the Country is unable to fight it and refer to the lack of authorities. We hope that after the forthcoming congress, more efficient ways to prevent such cases will be taken, said Mr. Hassanov.