Strict warning issued to nationwide terrestrial television broadcaster "SPACE"

On June 24, 2022 a meeting of the Audiovisual Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan was held. At the meeting the facts of violation of the requirements of Articles 14.1.4 (propaganda of racial, religious, ethnic, gender and other discrimination) and 14.1.12 (promoting of parapsychology (psychics, medium, etc.) or other superstitions, etc.) of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On Media" during the broadcasting of the program "Peopleꞌs word" ("Elin sözü") of the television broadcaster "Space" on June 21, 2022 from 22:30 to 23:40 were discussed, Audiovisual Council told SİA.

So, during the broadcasting of the aforementioned program, the anchor said: "We should not think like Indians. We should be in more evolved position". Such statements or opinions about ethnic groups including groups that do not live in Azerbaijan can lead to the spread of xenophobia, which is not characteristic for our society and to the formation of a sense of racial or national supremacy among some audiences, even they were expressed unknowingly or without malice.

At the same time, the Council recorded the fact of violation of the relevant requirements of the new Law "On Media" by giving opportunity to psychics, parapsychologists and other persons engaged in suspicious activities to promote their activities on the television channel.

Taking into account that such a case is the first one on the air of the television broadcaster "Space" and the fact of long-term journalistic activity and experience of the anchor of the mentioned program, members of the Council took a decision to issue a strict warning to the television broadcaster "Space" that if similar situation is repeated, severe administrative sanctions will be imposed to the broadcaster.

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