(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 15. The rules for
accreditation of foreign media representatives in Azerbaijan have
been approved, Trend reports.
The rules were approved via a Resolution No. Q/04-22 of the
Board of Azerbaijani Foreign Affairs Ministry dated August 1.
Thus, if a foreign country imposes restrictions on the
professional activities of representatives of the mass media of
Azerbaijan, similar restrictions may be applied back against a
representative of the mass media of the country that imposed
A letter of appeal to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry from the
head of this mass media or an acting head, an application form, a
3x4 color photo in two copies, a copy of a passport or other
identity document, a copy of an official ID, and an autobiography
are required to carry out the accreditation of a foreign media
representative in Azerbaijan.
The required documents may be sent to the Azerbaijani Foreign
Ministry by mail, through diplomatic missions or consulates,
electronic services on the website of the Ministry, or presented in
According to the rules, the submitted documents will be
considered within 30 days, and in case of approval, an
accreditation card is issued. During the validity period of the
card, its owner is granted the right to engage in journalistic
activities in Azerbaijan. Accredited representatives personally
receive a card from Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
The accreditation card is valid for a period of not more than
one year. Long-term accreditation is issued for 1 year, short-term
- for a specific period of the visit. After the end of the
accreditation period, it is necessary to contact the Azerbaijani
Ministry of Foreign Affairs to extend the accreditation.
The rules also reflect cases in which accreditation can be
refused. This includes providing false information, visiting the
occupied territories of Azerbaijan through Armenia, without the
permission of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, activities directed
against the territorial integrity, independence, interests and
sovereignty of Azerbaijan.
Accredited representatives of foreign media must personally
submit their accreditation card to the Ministry of Foreign
In the case that the accreditation card is lost press service of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be informed. An application
for issuing a duplicate of an accreditation card is considered
within 3 (three) business days.
Azerbaijan can all deprive the foreign media representative from
the accreditation in the case that the mentioned above rules are
Upon completion of professional activities ahead of schedule,
expiration of the card or deprivation of accreditation, the card
must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
The entry or exit from Azerbaijan of representatives of foreign
media who are foreigners or stateless persons, their temporary stay
in Azerbaijan, the issuance of temporary and permanent residence
permits to them, their registration are regulated by the Migration
Code of the country.
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