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“Turan” Information Agency Director Mehman Aliyev told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that the creation of the State Support Fund for Development of Mass Media is vital. “The government is responsible for today’s grave situation of the press,” said M. Aliyev. “Therefore it is the duty of the government to take steps to improve the press. However, it does not look persuasive yet that this conception will save the press.”
To study the situation better, it would be reasonable to carry out analysis in connection with the press in three directions – legal, economic and professional and then allocate assistance.
“Ayna” and “Zerkalo” newspapers’ editor-in-chief Elchin Shikli told IRFS that he is not familiar with State Support Fund for Development of Mass Media and therefore does not know what they want to do. “Therefore, I don’t have any idea about this initiative or its future prospects.”
On 31 July 2008 the concept for the State Support Fund for Development of Mass Media was approved. On 3 April 2009 the State Support Fund for Development of Mass Media was created on the basis of a decree signed by President Ilham Aliyev. And on 22 May 2009 the executive director of the fund and a monitoring council of nine people were appointed by the president.