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ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of July 31, 2008 No. 2957

About approval of the Concept of the state support to development of mass media in the Azerbaijan Republic

Rapid social and economic development of the Azerbaijan Republic, updating of all spheres of public life dictate need of acceptance of additional measures for broader ensuring freedom of thought, the word and information, pluralism.

Deepening of construction of the constitutional state and civil society, integration of Azerbaijan into world information space and transition to information society create the need for more complete ensuring demand of the personality, society and state on information, enhancement of activities of mass media and its reduction in compliance with requirements of the modern period.

For the purpose of development of the relations of effective cooperation between state bodies and mass media, increase in economic independence of mass media and professionalism of journalists, gains of role of mass media in construction of civil society I decide:

1. Approve "The concept of the state support to development of mass media in the Azerbaijan Republic" it (is applied).

2. Charge Administration of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic:

2.1. to prepare and provide to three-months time to the President of the Azerbaijan Republic offers on creation of fund of support to development of mass media;

2.2. exercise control over the implementation of the provisions "Concepts of the State Support to Development of Mass Media in the Azerbaijan Republic" and to regularly inform on it the President of the Azerbaijan Republic.

3. To the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic to resolve the issues following from this Order.

4. This Order becomes effective from the date of publication.

 

President

Azerbaijan Republic Ilham ALIYEV

Approved by the Order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic of July 31, 2008 No. 2957

Concept of the state support to development of mass media in the Azerbaijan Republic

Development of freedom of thought, the word and information, pluralism is one of the main conditions of construction of the constitutional state and civil society in the Azerbaijan Republic. Information policy of the state is aimed at consecutive and complete providing reflected in the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic of freedom of thought, the word and information, the right of citizens to receipt of information. Development of modern information and telecommunication technologies, gain of influence of mass media on socio-political and cultural life of society dictate need of both updating of infrastructure of this sphere, and increase in professionalism of journalists. Integration of our country into world information space and information security support of the personality, society and state in connection with transition to information society is of particular importance. Therefore the state support to development of mass media and to enhancement of their activities became time command.

The state support to development of mass media covers set of the organizational and technical, legal, economic and other measures determined by the state for the purpose of providing freedom of expression in society, the rights of people to receipt of the objective information, and also independence of mass media.

The main objective of the state support to development of mass media consists in development of freedom of thought, the word and information taking into account important role of media in the course of construction of civil society, support of independence of mass media, enhancement of the mechanism of the help to the editorial offices, stimulation of application of new information and communication technologies in the information sector, strengthening of effective cooperation between society and mass media, creation of conditions for increase in professionalism and responsibility of journalists, gain of their social protection, effective use of capacity of mass media in the decision priority for the state and society of questions.

This concept according to requirements of civil society establishes the basic principles, forms, means and spheres of the state support to development of mass media, conditions of selection of financial resources.

I. The analysis of condition of mass media in the Azerbaijan Republic

In the first years of the state independence in the Azerbaijan Republic there were serious problems in the field of freedom of expression, thoughts and information. Application of censorship in mass media, weakness of material and technical resources of press organs, the low level of professionalism of journalists interfered with development of freedom of thought, the word and information which is one of important elements of civil society.

After ensuring in the mid-nineties social and political stability in the republic the country sustainability strategy was determined, implementation of democratic reforms began. The corresponding work aimed at the development of modern journalism, preserving progressive traditions of national seal, reduction of activities of mass media in compliance with time command, studying and application of the international experience was done.

The freedom of thought and words of everyone, the right were enshrined in the legal way in the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic accepted on November 12, 1995 by national vote (referendum) to look for, receive, transfer, to make and distribute any information, the freedom of information is guaranteed, the state censorship in mass media, including in seal is prohibited.

The presidential decree of the Azerbaijan Republic of August 6, 1998 abolished Head department of protection of the state secret in seal and other mass media under the Cabinet of Ministers. In 1999 the new Law of the Azerbaijan Republic "About mass media" was adopted, in 2001-2002 in the conditions of close cooperation the legislation in this sphere was completely enhanced and brought with the international organizations into accord with international standards. In 2000 the Ministry of Press and Information performing function of control of activities of mass media was abolished, and in 2003 Council of seal as the mechanism of public regulation of the relations between society, state bodies and mass media is created.

On June 25, 2002 the Law of the Azerbaijan Republic "About TV and radio broadcasting" was adopted. Item 1 of the Presidential decree of the Azerbaijan Republic of October 5, 2002 about application of this law created National council of television and radio. The main objective of Council consists in TV and radio broadcasting activities regulation, protection of interests of society during broadcasting, control of compliance with law about TV and radio broadcasting.

In 2005 the state television of AzTV-1 was transformed by the Order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic to Azerbaijani TV and Radio Broadcasting Private company. According to the Law "About Public TV and Radio Broadcasting" prepared with participation of the international experts "The public broadcasting company" the same year began to function.

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