Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend / Azercell Telecom, a leading mobile operator of the country , was chosen as the most transparent company and awarded the Free Information Space prize, according to the inquiry held by Zardabi Press Center amongst 1000 journalists.
Zardabi Press Center is implementing the program covering from 2006-2010 to find out the situation, problems and tendencies, in Azerbaijan while receiving information from a primary source. As a component of the program the most transparent organizations were determined among the governmental institutions, joint ventures and shareholder entities, international organizations and diplomatic corps for their activities in 2006. More than 1000 journalists, editors and experts were inquired. According to the results of the poll the Foreign Affairs Ministry, OSCE Baku office, the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, and Azercell Telecom JV won the Free Information Space prize.
Addressing the award presentation ceremony A. Halim Ates , the General Manager of Azercell , said: "As Azercell , we keep in close association with mass media. Our company continues to keep its principles of openness to media and transparency in information. We are always doing our best to sustain trustful relationships with the media. We also promote quality journalism in Azerbaijan with belief that independent, strong media are crucial in improving the civil society, and that is why we started numerous projects on developing journalism in Azerbaijan.
Receiving this award from journalist's portrays that we are heading in the right way. It's a great honor and great responsibility to be the most transparent company of Azerbaijan."
Cahangir Mammadli, Chairman of the Broadcasting Council of the Azerbaijan Public Television, dean of the International Journalism Department of the Baku State University emphasized speaking at the event that Azercell deserved the prize. "Azercell won this prize because of its close ties with Mass Media. Azercell Telecom JV has always been in friendship and partnership relations with the national press," he said.
Azercell will continue being loyal to its principles of openness to media and provision of transparency of the information