AIDHR: “Unequal Treatment towards mass media representatives is experienced”

National press and journalism day is celebrated in Azerbaijan on July 22. This day is associated with “Akinchi” newspaper whose first publication was released in 1875 on July 22.

On the occasion of national press and journalism day Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) issued an official statement. The statement says that in comparison with past years developments could have been made in Azerbaijani mass media. This growth is related to the increased issues of newspapers and magazines, wide spread of new media means and their independent function. More precisely, at the moment new media means outweighed traditional ones in Azerbaijan and undertook the mission of providing fresh, operative news to the readers.

Compared with past years mass media representatives enjoy much care provided by the state as followings:

• Drastic measures have been carried out with regard to solving apartment housing problems of journalists. Under the decree of the president Ilham Aliyev a building housing 156 apartments have been presented to the operation of journalists in 2013.

• In parallel, construction of the second building has been launched with the intention of solving journalists housing problems. Contests among the journalist which held by State Support Fund for Mass Media under President of the Republic of Azerbaijan contributed to the increased income of the journalists. As for information, more than 200 journalists became winner of these contests in 2013 and received additional financial awards.

• Media representatives also enjoyed taking loans from banks which is the novel privilege applied in the course of past years. Nevertheless, it’s still serious problem that journalists received rejection from banks on allocating loans to them.

Along with appreciating the support rendered to the journalists, Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) wants to bring to the attention existing problems in this field:

To put it in a more broad term, not all journalists take advantage of the rendered support. Tendency of discrimination among the mass media representatives is experienced as well. Hence, support towards the oppositional journalists is extremely poor. Journalists who work for these sorts of mass media organizations know and then face violation and law enforcer bodies do not demonstrate enough interests on investigating these cases.

AIDHR informs that majority of mass media organizations do not conclude individual labor treatments with its employees which cause tax evasion and hinders journalists making use of social privileges. Lack or low level of medical insurance in mass media filed is observed. Compared with the capital city journalists’ salary in regions is extremely low.

Legal claims raised by several Executive Governors against journalists considerably undermine freedom of speech in the country.

It has to be mentioned that unprofessional journalistic practices which became prevalent in this field leads to the lack of the experienced personals. Operation of journalists in mass media sector who qualified in other field leaves badly influence and decrease society’s reliability on them.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights
22 July, 2014, Baku city

 

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AIDHR: “Unequal Treatment towards mass media representatives is experienced”

July 22nd, 2014

National press and journalism day is celebrated in Azerbaijan on July 22. This day is associated with “Akinchi” newspaper whose first publication was released in 1875 on July 22.

On the occasion of national press and journalism day Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) issued an official statement. The statement says that in comparison with past years developments could have been made in Azerbaijani mass media. This growth is related to the increased issues of newspapers and magazines, wide spread of new media means and their independent function. More precisely, at the moment new media means outweighed traditional ones in Azerbaijan and undertook the mission of providing fresh, operative news to the readers.

Compared with past years mass media representatives enjoy much care provided by the state as followings:

• Drastic measures have been carried out with regard to solving apartment housing problems of journalists. Under the decree of the president Ilham Aliyev a building housing 156 apartments have been presented to the operation of journalists in 2013.

• In parallel, construction of the second building has been launched with the intention of solving journalists housing problems. Contests among the journalist which held by State Support Fund for Mass Media under President of the Republic of Azerbaijan contributed to the increased income of the journalists. As for information, more than 200 journalists became winner of these contests in 2013 and received additional financial awards.

• Media representatives also enjoyed taking loans from banks which is the novel privilege applied in the course of past years. Nevertheless, it’s still serious problem that journalists received rejection from banks on allocating loans to them.

Along with appreciating the support rendered to the journalists, Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) wants to bring to the attention existing problems in this field:

To put it in a more broad term, not all journalists take advantage of the rendered support. Tendency of discrimination among the mass media representatives is experienced as well. Hence, support towards the oppositional journalists is extremely poor. Journalists who work for these sorts of mass media organizations know and then face violation and law enforcer bodies do not demonstrate enough interests on investigating these cases.

AIDHR informs that majority of mass media organizations do not conclude individual labor treatments with its employees which cause tax evasion and hinders journalists making use of social privileges. Lack or low level of medical insurance in mass media filed is observed. Compared with the capital city journalists’ salary in regions is extremely low.

Legal claims raised by several Executive Governors against journalists considerably undermine freedom of speech in the country.

It has to be mentioned that unprofessional journalistic practices which became prevalent in this field leads to the lack of the experienced personals. Operation of journalists in mass media sector who qualified in other field leaves badly influence and decrease society’s reliability on them.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights
22 July, 2014, Baku city

 

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