News 14 february — 11:57

Hot debate between journalists and Azerbaijani Defence Ministry's leadership



A meeting with the editors-in-chief of the Azerbaijani media outlets is currently taking place at the Ministry of Defence. Editor-in-Chief of the informational and analytical portal ( , , Eynulla Fatullaev also participates in the meeting.

During the meeting, the journalist raised the issue of the importance of timely and effective counteraction to information diversions by Armenians. At the same time, the journalist raised the issue of the need to expand the powers of the press-service of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry.

Eynulla Fatullayev noted that the press-service of the Armenian Defence Ministry is often more operative than ours, adding that this has nothing to do with the work of Vagif Dargahli, who is the head of the Ministry's press-service.

'Vagif Dargahli is available for journalists around the clock. He just needs to have more powers. Why does Artsrun Hovhannessyan, head of the press-service of the Defence Ministry of Armenia, feel himself more at ease and operatively post the latest reports from the front-line on his pages in social networks?' asked the journalist.

Eynulla Fatullayev reminded those present that we live in the 21st century, in the era of the Internet, when it is impossible to hide any information. So why are conditions created for the Armenian propagandists to manipulate information?

The head of the press-service of the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan, Colonel Vagif Dargahli replied that he is an officer who obeys orders.

Eynulla Fatullayev's concern was shared by the head of the APA news agency Vusala Mahirgizi, editor-in-chief of the Yeni Azerbaijan newspaper, deputy Hikmet Babaoglu, journalist Rey Karimoglu, and others present at the meeting.

In particular, Vusala Mahirgizi stressed the need to strengthen public control over the army.

'What is a state secret? If such information falls into the hands of a journalist, then this is no longer a state secret, but a problem of the Ministry of Defence,' said Vusala Mahirgizi.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Defence Minister Karim Veliyev noted that the Azerbaijani army is already under close public control.

'Our units are regularly visited with inspections by the Ombudsman's Office. In cooperation with the Prosecutor General's Office, preventive measures are regularly conducted. Military units are also visited by journalists, but some of them are simply chasing sensation. Are there no problems in the armies of the US and Russia? Have you seen their press publish information about losses?' noted Karim Veliyev.

Deputy defence minister also said that the head of the press-service of the Ministry of Defence, Vagif Dargahli has enough authority.

'But we must first check the information, and then spread it. I somehow agree with Eynulla Fatullayev, but you must understand us. We will still try to increase efficiency,' he said.

Aflatun Amashov, Chairman of the Press Council, took the floor at the event, and began to talk about the military leader of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the legendary general Samadbey Mehmandarov, noting that this year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.

His reply was parried by Eynulla Fatullayev, who stated that Mehmandarov had died 100 years ago and that it is necessary to talk about the current problems in the Azerbaijani army.

'Let's recall the words of Mehmandarov himself: 'There is not a single son of a khan or bey in our army!' I want to ask all of you: do the sons of ministers serve in our army?' said Eynulla Fatullayev.

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