Baku hosted a seminar on “Freedom of the press, manipulation of thoughts, threats to the media, and the role of social networks” Part 2
A round-table talk on “Freedom of the press, manipulation of thoughts, threats to the media, and the role of social networks” was held by the organization of Azerbaijan Section of International Society for Human Rights.
During the discussions, one of the participants, Umud Rahimoglu, Chairman of the International Eurasia Press Fund emphasized the importance of information transfer speed: “Speed in information is very important. Therefore, it is impossible not to emphasize the positive impact of the Internet, including social networks on communication. There are moments when society is particularly sensitive to information. Election, wars, accidents … many issues can be included here. Obviously, informer wants to add his views into the news in addition to objectivity. To find the right news out of countless news stories sometimes can be difficult.
Journalist Aygun Muradkhanli in her speech touched the advertising market-free media relations: In Azerbaijan free media was formed before the collapse of the USSR – in 1988. At that time, “ Azadlig” by leadership of Najaf Najafov and “Azerbaijan” by editorship of Sabir Rustamkhanli were the main news source of the society as a serious alternative to the news spread by the political authorities in the country. Later, dozens of media joined. In the near past, internet media was also added into print and electron media. Unfortunately, the advertising market, which is one of the prerequisites for freedom of speech in Azerbaijan, has not been seriously developed. For this reason, the media is often dependent on the source of funding. ”
Then the event continued in an interactive manner. The participants discussed how they receive the news, how it is defined, and the pros and cons of social networks.