PRESS COUNCIL WANTS NEWSPAPERS NOT OPERATING TO BE SHUT DOWN

June 5th, 2009
The Press Council will appeal to court regarding the closure of newspapers that do not operate. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was told this by Press Council Chairman Aflatun Amashov. According to Amashov, a monitoring is being conducted in connection with all mass media outlets that have been registered at the Ministry of Justice. 

“According to Law ‘On Mass Media,’ newspapers should be published at least twelve times a year,” said Amashov. “More than 3300 mass media outlets have been registered; however, more than 2500 of them do not operate.”
As a result of the monitoring, an appeal will be made to relevant courts to seek the annulment of registration of those newspapers that have not been operating within the last two years, added Amashov.  
More than 3300 mass media sources have been registered. About 600 of them are functioning at present. Approximately 400 newspapers and journals are published and more than 20 television channels operate. There are about 50 electronic mass media means and 20 information agencies in the country. The rest are internet resources.