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EUROVISION 2012 – NEW TARGET OF NATIONAL TRAITORS
Some NGOs operating with the support of pro-Armenian foreign circles
once again demonstrated their failure to digest the success of the Azerbaijani state and its people.
There is a certain number of persons in our country that is unhappy with the achievements of our state: they even hold a hostile position by trying to cast a shadow on this success, and mobilize all their forces to smear it. This group is uncomfortable with the economic development of our state, the fact that our state has become an important player on the world scene, and the fact that Azerbaijan has become a center of dialogue for the world’s tolerant and cultural civilizations …
Azerbaijan’s victory in the 2011 Eurovision song contest and organization of next year’s contest in Baku has made this traitorous portion of the population more active. Eurovision, which should make everyone happy, has for some reason became a target of people who don’t share national values and who have chosen blackmailing and slandering as their profession. Some made-up NGOs with no traces of national pride and who claim to be ‘an organization’, want to realize a new ‘project’. Of course, their identification makes it clear where and who this ‘activity’ comes from. However, it is also clear that these lies, slanders and smear campaign will result in fiasco as usual.
There is no word other than ‘valuelessness’ to describe the passionate implementation of this work in Azerbaijan by the slave-traitorous helpers of those pro-Armenian and anti-Azerbaijani circles…
The servants of anti-Azerbaijani circles or ‘symbols of valuelessness’…
It is not accidental that some people unhappy with Azerbaijan’s success and ready to smear this success are using Eurovision as a target this time. The ugly intentions on which the blackmail and slander campaign of the Alliance to Protect Political Freedoms, Institute for Peace and Democracy, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety, and Human Rights Club is based, is seen in the names of these organizations. These organizations always lead the ugly plans of several interested circles against Azerbaijan and serve as mercenaries. The architect controlling those who would do anything for money, who easily betray their country and state, and who have launched a black smear campaign in an exchange for foreign donations (donations granted for meeting unkown interests), is in the hands of those who give the money as well.
Azerbaijan’s opposition is in opposition to its people and the state.
The group of persons with no national feelings, who describe themselves as ‘guerillas of democracy’, have deteriorated to such an extent that their activities are fenced off in an arena of slander. This attempt by those who want to politicize a cultural event once again reveals that those who call themselves opposition are in opposition to their people and state. Hence, being in opposition to political authorities is something different. Being in opposition is not the same as tainting an achievement of the national culture with a political nature. This has a single name – weakness and treachery!
The fact that these political games have been trusted to NGOs with no national values or pride again indicates that these people have no values. These NGOs are nothing but the helpers of certain Western circles willing to pressure Azerbaijan at every chance. For instance, in order to damage the determined political course pursued by the Azerbaijani state to liberate our national problem, Nagorno Karabakh, those NGOs demonstrate a ‘pro-Armenian’ position, thus revealing their intentions, personality and wishes…We would like to once again note that the people realize that those who call themselves opposition and these NGOs are working to betray the interests of the state. So a fly is nothing. [Yet it creates loathsomeness]
Published in the January 24th edition of Yeni Azərbaycan.
Original link: http://www.yeniazerbaycan.com/news/15152.html
Translation link: http://pressaz.com/?p=370
“MEDIA AND NATIONAL INTEREST”
After gaining independence, Azerbaijan followed the path of global development. The necessary steps were taken; reforms were implemented to create conditions for a free market economy. Most importantly, a new Constitution, the chief author of which was national leader Heydar Aliyev, was adopted in 1995. The freedoms of opinion, speech, and press, as well as freedom of information, are enshrined therein. The Azerbaijani ruling establishment pays special attention to press freedom, which is one of the fundamental principles of democracy. The 6 August 1998 decree of national leader Heydar Aliyev removed state censorship on the press; mass media was no longer under state control. Independent press has already been formed in Azerbaijan. The state does not interfere with the work of newspapers (it actually has no such mechanism); also, the State Fund to Support Mass Media works to strengthen the press in terms of financial capacity. It is extremely easy to open a newspaper and do journalistic work in Azerbaijan. Every person has the opportunity to freely use the internet to collect information from all over the world or to post his opinions and thoughts.
Desire stemming from necessity
The state also desires the protection of national interests in the press. This desire is not only natural, but necessary! Because it stems from reality and necessity. Also, these interests are more important, more global. Sometimes they can be related to state security and international image, as well as the protection of national-moral values. But in every sense, these interests serve the wellbeing of the residents of the country.
Every state has two simple conditions to survive. The first one is the comprehensive development of the state in all sectors, the second one is preserving the success and achievement of this development. State development is ensured by the country’s natural and human resources, as well as by people shaping the directions of these resources and their projects. And preserving the achievements depends on the effectiveness of the foreign and domestic policy.
The protection of national interests in the press has two aspects. One of these can be described as advocating. There is a subtle point here. Most of the newspapers operating in the country are independent. This also means that it is up to the newspapers to decide what and how to write. The main goal of the newspaper owner and the editor-in-chief is to sell the newspapers and publish a newspaper that makes more profit. It is natural that they first think about making a profit because they see it as their own business. As the Azerbaijani ruling establishment understands this subtlety, it has found an interesting and effective means of promoting issues of national interest in the mass media. On July 31, 2008, the president of Azerbaijan Mr Ilham Aliyev signed “Conception of State Support to Development of Mass Media in Azerbaijan”, which says: “The main goal of state support is develop the freedom of speech and press, support independence of mass media outlets, improve the mechanism of assistance for editorial offices, stimulate application of new Information-Communication Technologies in information technology, enhance cooperation between society and mass media outlets, create conditions for increasing journalistic proficiency and responsibility, strengthen their social security and effectively use the potential of mass media outlets to support the priorities of the state and society”.
The state’s view clearly encompasses the principles of cooperation. “The State Support to Mass Media in Azerbaijan is implemented based on the following principles:
- mutual responsibility;
- protection of mass media outlets, exclusion of any interference in their activity;
- protection of the society from illegal information (i.e. information of which the dissemination is prohibited by law;
- prevention of the monopolization of the mass media outlets;
- preference for projects reflecting public interests
- support for the development of regional mass media outlets.
National interest or inexperience?
The second way to protect national interests in the press is to prevent articles that are damaging to these interests. “Prevention” does not imply violence or pressures here. It implies the demonstration of a civil, patriotic position taking meaningful and elaborated steps. Unfortunately, it is not encouraging to see frequent articles in the press that do not coincide with the interests of the country. These facts prevail in politicized newspapers that claim to be independent, but are actually platforms for radical opposition parties!
There exists [in Azerbaijan] civil society, freedom of press, plurality of opinion, and a multi-party system. The opposition parties are freely publishing their newspapers, fighting for power, and running in elections with their own candidates. Unfortunately, sometimes national interests are forgotten in this fight. The opposition and pro-opposition newspapers and internet portals, which use only dark colors in their coverage of all the activities of the ruling authorities, easily sacrifice national interests. Reading these articles, it seems as if they were written by authors who have no relation to the Azerbaijani people, or who are journalists from a country that does not keep friendly relations with us. To note, these kind of articles are not written due to inexperience, but for private interest and profits.
Parties whose money comes from grants
It is possible to categorize the newspaper articles that conflict with state interest. Each of these topics is related to democracy development, global values – issues used as a means of pressure on our country by international organizations.
One of the important conditions of democracy is the holding of free, open and transparent elections. Within a short time period, the Azerbaijani ruling establishment did great work to improve the election process and adapt it to international standards, and made significant achievements. In fact, in a short period we did what it took Europe decades to achieve. However, double standards are applied in assessment of the election results. Once, the international organizations were promising that “We’ll settle Nagorno Karabakh once fair and objective elections are held in Azerbaijan”. Seemingly, they did not expect that we would improve election practices so quickly. That’s why they evade, and seek excuses. And these excuses are given voice by the politicized newspapers. With no false ballot paper, protocol or evidence of violation in hand, they speak about ‘election fraud’.
Another issue is ‘political prisoners’. Azerbaijan’s independent policy, use of rich natural resources for the welfare of the state and people are not favored by those who have their eyes on the country’s wealth. They want to see Azerbaijan as a dependent country. Under the mantle of democracy they want to influence and pressure the country. The ‘political prisoners’ issue is one of these attempts. Today, neither the Council of Europe, nor the OSCE or any other organization has been able to provide a definition of or criteria for the ‘political prisoners’ notion. It is absurd to say that political prisoners exist in Azerbaijan, when there is no definition of what a political prisoner is. To recall, Azerbaijan long ago freed the persons who were in the CoE’s first list. However, because of our own enthusiasts, new ‘lists’ are being compiled, and the PACE appoints rapporteurs for our country on this issue. In our country, the news publishers, so-called human rights defenders, separate political figures whose money comes from ‘political prisoners’ issue make a lot of efforts.
No one in Azerbaijan is put into jail for [his/her] political beliefs or political activity! In no other country are those included in the ‘list’ compiled by ‘human rights defenders’ in Azerbaijan - for the sake of grant money - considered to be political prisoners, nor are they left unpunished!
Freedoms of press and speech are another requirement of democracy. The Azerbaijani ruling establishment has taken all steps to ensure it. National leader Heydar Aliyev removed state censorship on press; the Ministry of Press and Information was annulled and the press was taken out of state control; laws regulating this sphere and meeting international requirements were adopted. Not a single journalist has been jailed within past 7 years for professional work; the courts did not force the newspapers pay the fines that had been issued. But for some reason, some independent newspapers operating in Azerbaijan are insisting on ‘proving’ that freedom of press is being strangled in Azerbaijan. With no evidence or proof in hand, they want to attribute the murder of Elmar Huseynov to the ruling establishment. When the law-enforcement bodies invite such persons to provide evidence, they launch new campaigns claiming that they face pressures. The law is equal for everyone and those engaging in journalism are not exempted from responsibility when the commit a crime. This is what the rule of law requires! ‘Producing facts’ for the reports to be published by the international organizations that are hostile towards Azerbaijan is another issue!
Another crucial component of democracy is human rights defence. Do the leading countries that give us ‘lessons in democracy’ always hold such high levels of relations with journalists, free opinion and free thought?
During the US war in Iraq, a video scene that shocked the whole world went viral on the internet and television. A military helicopter was hunting a journalist who was doing his professional work. What happened next? Did the US newspaper launch a campaign to find and punish the criminal soldiers? Or did they require the Supreme Commander-in-Chief - the head of state – to resign? None of these happened. What would have happened if an American journalist was killed in other country?
The French senate adopted a law stipulating punishment for denying the made-up Armenian genocide. But the French press is silent. This issue does not appear as a lead article in the newspapers, nor is the ruling establishment being blamed. There is an Azerbaijani journalist and a journalist’s family in France. They should either accept the made-up Armenian genocide or pay the 45,000 EUR fine. No doubt, they will do the same as they did when they were here. They will sacrifice Azerbaijan’s state interests. Otherwise how could they enjoy ‘French Democracy’? But neither American, nor French journalists oppose state interests. Even if they sacrifice democracy and professional standards, they do not oppose their authorities when it comes to national and state interests.
Another interesting point: several international organizations, who consider themselves to be international ‘guards of democracy’ – Freedom House, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders unveiled their reports on conclusions of 2011. Though I didn’t read the reports I know that Azerbaijan was described in dark colors. The ‘guards of democracy’ do not campaign against or condemn the initiator of the law on the made-up Armenian genocide, Nicholas Sarkozy, for this shame that occurred in France. Another interesting point: Human Rights Watch stated that the information for the ‘facts’ in its last report was provided by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. If we believe the information of this Institute, the nationality and citizenship of which is not known, you gain the impression that journalists cannot go out in Azerbaijan, that they will be kidnapped! See how the motherland is smeared for the sake of grant money! Now, how to believe in the objectivity, fairness and impartiality of such organizations!