APA Chief: Nagorno-Karabakh Dispute Tops the Agenda for Azerbaijan Media
Media outlets in the Republic of Azerbaijan continue to cover news and reports about the Nagorno-Karabakh territorial dispute because it is still a major issue for the government and people.
Stating the above to reporters in Tehran on Monday at the 22nd International Press Exhibit, Soleiman Farzaliov, the chief of APA’s Tehran Bureau, said it is important for Azerbaijan’s neighbours, including Iran, to know everything about Nagorno-Karabakh, which is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus.
He explained that Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but most of the region is governed by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a de facto independent state with Armenian ethnic majority.
Farzaliov said the Iranian government has always backed Azerbaijan’s lawful position over the territory, urging media outlets to be sensitive over the issue as well, especially seeing that Azerbaijan has not exercised political authority over the region since 1988. “Since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994, representatives of the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been holding peace talks on the region's disputed status.”
According to the Azerbaijani journalist, “The regional conflict has created over one million refugees, killing scores of civilians and destroying the entire infrastructure, including mosques, archaeological sites and cemeteries.”
Elsewhere in his remarks and on the position of digital media in Azerbaijan, he said online news and social media networks are taking the lead in news reporting. “Under the constitution, they are free to work and they get all the help they can get from the government. Access to social media is fast and there is no filtering on Facebook and YouTube. All news networks are also privately owned and run.”
Azerbaijan Press Agency is an semi-official private limited liability company founded in 2004. It covers both international and domestic developments and is one of primary sources of news for most TV, radio stations, newspapers and other news outlets. The agency has branch offices in the United States, Turkey, France, Romania, Russia, Georgia and other countries. Its online version is published in Azerbaijani, Russian, English, French and Arabic.