NTRC and Press Council given authority to impose fine for violation of official language norms

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23 June 2020

The chairman, deputy chairmen of the National Television and Radio Council (NTRC), the head, deputy head of the Administrative office of the NTRC, the head and deputy head of a department of NTRC, the head of a sector of NTRC, the chairman of the Television and Radio Council (TRC) of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, the head of a department, the head of a sector of Nakhchivan’s TRC will draw up a protocol for cases related to administrative offences, APA reports.

According to the decree signed today by President Ilham Aliyev, this has found its reflection in the change made to the “List of the senior officials who have the authority to draw up protocol for the cases about administrative offences considered by regional (city) courts”.

The protocol for the cases related to the administrative offences committed by other mass media outlets will be drawn up on behalf of Azerbaijan’s Press Council (PC) by chairman or deputy chairman of PC, or by chairman of Nakhchivan Press Council.

At the same time, the Cabinet of Ministers should develop within three months and submit to President of the Azerbaijan Republic its proposals regarding senior officials authorized to draw up on behalf of the Monitoring Center under the State Language Commission of the Azerbaijan Republic the protocol for cases related to the sanctions for administrative offences associated with violation of official language norms in mass media outlets and advertisement carriers.

Note that according to the clause 533-1 (violation of official language norms in mass media outlets and advertisement carriers) added to the Administrative Offences Code, the individuals will be fined in the amount ranging between AZN 100-200, the senior officials - in the amount ranging between AZN 300-400, and the legal entities - in the amount ranging between AZN 500-1,000 for violation of official language norms in mass media outlets and advertisement carriers. This law has come into force from today.

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