Thursday, September 24, 2009

State-run newspapers to be closed in Azerbaijan

State-run newspapers will be closed in Azerbaijan soon, vice chairman of the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN) Bengt Braun said at a press conference in Baku.

He said Chief of the Public Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov told him about that. “Ali Hasanov told me that serious changes are expected in Azerbaijani media in the next few years. Defamation will be decriminalized, state-run newspapers and magazines will be closed, advertising market will be strengthened and huge work will be done for increasing of professionalism in media. Ali Hasanov said accusations against media were also reduced”.

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