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Azerbaijan kicks off media reforms, establishes new agency

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The Azerbaijani Agency for Media Development, newly established by President Ilham Aliyev’s decree on deepening reforms in the media sphere, is the legal successor of the State Support Fund for Mass Media Development and will have all the rights of this structure, Trend reports on Jan.13.

According to the head of the local SES media group Bahruz Guliyev, the number of undesirable phenomena in the information space, which could lead to negative consequences, has recently grown.

"During the Second Karabakh war (44-day war from late Sept. through early Nov.2020), long-standing problems in the mass media have worsened. This is about information security, information pollution and provocations through the media,” Guliyev said. “In the period of any event of public or state significance, rumors and disinformation begin to appear, provocation attempts are made, some circles trying to create hype."

He noted that in this area there is a need for fundamental reforms to stimulate greater activity of the Azerbaijani mass media, their activities based on the principles of transparency and civic satisfaction and serving the objective and professional information of the public.

"Since the Azerbaijani law on mass media fails to meet the demands of the time, it requires to be revised, should be improved, and one of the main tasks of the new body is to develop a draft law ‘On media’ replacing the outdated law," he added.

The statutory fund of the agency making up 285,405 manat ($167,890) is formed via the state budget. The general management of the agency's activities and control over it will be carried out by the chairman and the Supervisory Board, consisting of six members, appointed and dismissed by the country's president.

Guliyev also noted that the new body will take measures to improve the professionalism of journalists. The agency also has the authority to take measures in accordance with the Code of Administrative Offenses in case of detecting signs of an administrative violation in the field of print and online media, and in case of detection of signs of a crime – to provide information to the appropriate authority.

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Netflix produces film in Azerbaijan

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Netflix Asia has released a trailer of "Layla Majnun" film.

"Layla Majnun" is the first Netflix project filmed in Azerbaijan. The film is inspired by the legendary poem of Azerbaijan's great poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi. The Indonesian film will be premiere on February 11.

While in Azerbaijan, Layla, an Indonesian scholar, falls for Samir, an admirer of her work, but her arranged marriage stands in the way.

"Layla Majnun" was filmed by Monty Tiwa. The cast includes Acha Septriasa and Reza Rahadian.

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

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National wrestler wins Grand Prix in France

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Azerbaijani wrestler has won Henri Deglane Grand Prix. Islam Abbasov (87 kg) defeated his opponents from Georgia, Turkey, Netherlands and USA.

National Greco-Roman wrestling team took the second place at the competition.

In addition to the gold medal, the national team grabbed three silver medals, one of which was won by the team's debutant, Russian legionnaire Murad Lokyayev (97 kg).

The second silver medal came from Rafig Huseynov (82 kg). Another silver medal was won by Murad Mammadov (60 kg), while Sabah Shariati (130 kg) brought the team the fourth silver medal.

Murad Bazarov (60 kg), Islambek Dadov (67 kg), Sanan Suleymanov (77 kg) won bronze medals.

The national wrestling team won a total of eight awards and took second place in the medal standings.

Wrestling remains the most popular sport in the county and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was established in 1993.

The Rio Games opened a new page in wrestling for Azerbaijan. The country became one of only two nations ever to increase the number of medals achieved in five consecutive Games.

In 2020, Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers finished third in the overall medal table of the Individual World Cup in Serbia.

National wrestlers won two medals, including silver and bronze. Russia topped the medal table followed by Turkey.

The national team also won five medals at Grand Prix Moscow held in Russia.

National wrestlers Shamil Zubairov (97 kg) left no chances to all his rivals, Islam Bazarganov (57 kg) and Davud Ibrahimov (65 kg) won silver medals. Gitinomahammad Hajiyev (74 kg) and Osman Nurmahammadov (86 kg) finished third in the Grand Prix. Thus, the national team won 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the tournament.

Moreover, Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation (AWF) held a webinar for international and national judges.

The virtual meeting covered decisions to be made in freestyle wrestling, attack and counter-attack in Greco-Roman wrestling and other disciplines.

The judges also discussed some wrestling techniques and tricks used at last tournaments.

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Azerbaijan discloses main principles of vaccination against COVID-19

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The main principles of vaccination against COVID-19 have been announced in Azerbaijan, Teymur Musayev, head of the department of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Health said, Trend reports on Jan. 17.

“Among them are the principles of voluntariness, safety, transparency, phasing, justice, responsibility, cooperation,” head of the department added.

“At the initial stage, medical workers, people older 65, representatives of law enforcement agencies involved in anti-epidemic activity will be vaccinated,” Musayev said.

"Those who are at high risk from a medical point of view; people with chronic diseases of the respiratory system; those undergoing hemodialysis procedure; those having diabetes, obesity; people with at least one chronic disease aged 50 and older; people working in the education sector and social sphere; people permanently living in social institutions; employees having direct contact with the population working in ASAN and DOST service centers, the public transport sector, the banking sector, the telecommunications sector, as well as people working in high-risk conditions (ensuring national and regional security, etc.) will be also vaccinated," Musayev said.

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