“After Azerbaijan regained its independence in 1991, our media integrated into the international information system, started to benefit from the traditions of global journalism.” Azerbaijani President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov told this at the meeting with participants of the News Agencies World Council (NACO) , SIA informs.
“The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic collapsed as a result of the Soviet empire’s military aggression in 1920. Azerbaijan was forced to be part of the Soviet empire for 70 years. During these years, Azerbaijan had no access to global information system. It was not able to promote its culture and historical realities abroad. These years saw the formation of Soviet ideology-journalism in Azerbaijan” added President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs.
Accordin to Mr Hasanov, censorship was abolished in Azerbaijan in 1998. A year later the law “On mass media” was adopted. These democratic reforms also included the abolition of the Ministry responsible for control over the press, adoption of the law "On Television and Radio Broadcasting", and the law "On access to information", and other measures.