Internews Azerbaijan is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) which serves
as a training center and clearinghouse for non-governmental TV broadcasters in the
Republic of Azerbaijan.
Internews Azerbaijan is registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of
Azerbaijan as the Azerbaijani branch of Internews Network, an international non-profit
with organizations in sixteen countries, including ten in the CIS.
Internews Azerbaijan opened its office in Baku in January 1997 and now employs fourteen
persons. Internews stays in close contact with all non-governmental TV stations in the
country and assists them in every possible way.
Internews Azerbaijan organizes seminars to increase the skills of personnel of
non-governmental stations in various areas of TV work. Seminars conducted so far covered
such subjects as: Legal Aspects of Non-governmental TV, TV Management, Advertisement
Sales, TV News Journalism, and Computers and Graphics.
In 1998, Internews Azerbaijan plans to hold a new series of seminars for TV journalists
including such topics as TV Management, TV Journalism, Economic TV Journalism, and
In addition, we organize on-site residencies at selected TV stations during which
experts from the CIS and the West provide in-depths training for journalists.
Internews Azerbaijan has hired a staff lawyer who consults TV stations on legal issues
concerning their registration, licensing, and operation.
Internews Azerbaijan assists non-governmental TV stations in the country to obtain
licensed programming, mainly through "Open Skies", a program facilitated by
Internews Russia. Under this program, Internews provides a weekly two- to three-hour feed
of documentary programs versioned into Russian.
Internews Azerbaijan, in cooperation with the non-governmental TV stations in the
country, produces a weekly news-program, entitled Hayat (Life), which it distributes
throughout the country.
In cooperation with Internews Armenia and Internews Georgia, Internews Azerbaijan
produces the weekly program "Perekrestok" (Crossroads), which contains pieces
from all three countries on political, economic, social, cultural and other issues.
Non-governmental TV stations in all three countries broadcast the program.
Internews Azerbaijan also produces pieces for "Anatomy of Feelings", a series
which is broadcast as part of "Open Skies".
In order to assist local TV stations that dont have the means to acquire new
equipment, Internews Azerbaijan has provided TV equipment like tripods, cameras, and
editing suites. Internews Azerbaijan helps TV stations find and purchase the equipment
they need and repair damaged equipment.
Internews has provided non-governmental TV stations with computers and software to
enable them to be in touch with each other and exchange information and experience via
e-mail, and also to produce computer graphics to improve the quality of their programs.
Internews Azerbaijans technical team consults the stations on technical questions
and on computer issues.
- Internews Azerbaijan's work has been funded through grants from USAID,
- The Open Society Institute, the TACIS Democracy Programme,
- and the Carnegie Foundation.