Giving information on the working principles of the Council in the election period, Amashov spoke about some directions: 1) monitoring of election materials by mass media, which have an impact on public opinion, 2) to open up opportunities for reporters to carry out their professional duties on voting day. For this purpose, the Council will launch a hotline on voting day and reporters will be able to report any obstacles they may face. Another direction is related to observation to be made by Press Council’s Board Members in election constituencies and polling stations. They, in turn, will get acquainted with the opportunities created for reporters.
The representative of OSCE Election Observation Mission Kalinina gave information about planned activities of the mission. She also emphasized the significance of cooperation with the Press Council.
At the meeting joined by the Chairman of the International Eurasia Press Fund Chairman Umud Rahimoglu and Chairman of the Journalists Trade Union Mushfiq Alasgarli, the sides discussed issues related to rights to freedom of speech and expressionб as well as the state of press in Azerbaijan.