IRFS APPEALS TO NATIONAL TV AND RADIO COUNCIL ABOUT “LIDER” TV’S COVERAGE OF STABBING OF A. KHALIL

March 18th, 2008
The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety has sent an information request to the National Radio and TV Council about "Lider" TV's biased and unbalanced reports on the stabbing of "Azadlig" Newspaper correspondent Agil Khalil.

In the information request it is shown that while "Lider" prepared its report it never learned Khalil's position on the attack, and therefore the channel's reports on the incident are biased.  This is a violation of the rules on the principles of the presentation of information comprehensively, accurately, and without bias. It is also noted in the information request that during a meeting yesterday the Editors Union condemned "Lider" TV's reports on Khalil's stabbing.
 Taking this into consideration, IRFS therefore appealed to National TV and Radio Council Chairman Nushiravan Maharremli to express his position on this matter.