Azerbaijan State News Agency

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Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) is the official news agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Aslan Aslanov has been the agency's director general since 2002[1] and Chairman of the Board since 15 March 2018.

Along with the official state news, Azerbaijan State News Agency releases information on politics, economy, education, science, culture, health, sports and environment in eight languages such as Azerbaijani, Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.[2]


AZERTAC was established on 1 March 1920.[3][4] Throughout the Soviet period, the agency held various names and after restoration of Azerbaijani independence in 1991, the agency name was restored. In 1995-2000, the agency was named State Telegraph Agency under Cabinet of Ministers and then it was renamed to Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency.[5] February 26, 2015 President Ilham Aliyev has today signed an order to rename Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency Azerbaijan State Information Agency (AZERTAC).[6]

International history[edit]

AZERTAC became a member of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) in 2004.[7] Agency is considered as one of the founders of the Association of National Information Agencies of the countries participating in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Association of News Agencies of Turkish-speaking countries and the Association of National News Agencies of the countries participating in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. Since 2008, AZERTAC is a member of the Asian consortium of news agencies, Asia Pulse.[8]

During the years of 2010-2013 the agency chaired in Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.

At the 15th General Assembly of the OANA, held in Moscow in September 2013 AZERTAC was elected vice-president of the organization. At the same meeting in a secret ballot between member agencies Azerbaijan State News Agency received the right to chair the OANA in 2016-2019.[9]

On November 20, 2013 at the 4th World Congress of News Agencies (NAWC), held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh by participation of more than seventy media structures of the world, leaders of news alliances OANA, EANA, FANA, IINA, media structures such as Sky News Arabia, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, BBC and Internet corporations like MSN, Google, Yahoo AZERTAC was elected chairman for 2016-2019. At the same time, it was decided to hold the 5th World Congress of News Agencies in Azerbaijan. At one of the Baku meetings the posts of the chairman and deputy chairman of the News Agencies of World Council were established for the first time.[10]

On November 16-17, 2016 the 5th World Congress of News Agencies was held in Baku with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and AZERTAC. Ilham Aliyev participated in the joint opening ceremony of the 5th Congress and the 16th General Assembly of OANA.[11] The slogan of the Baku Congress was “New Challenges for News Agencies”. During the framework of the congress discussions were held on the topics “The Future of Information Consumption”, “Innovations of News Agencies”, “News Agencies – Challenges and Opportunities of New Technologies and Social Media”, “Training Journalists for the Future of Multimedia” and “Protecting the Mission of Journalists: freedom, accessibility, security and conflict areas”.[12]

International cooperation[edit]

AZERTAC cooperates with other notable news agencies such as ITAR-TASS (Russia), Anadolu Agency (Turkey), Xinhua (China), Rompres (Romania), Ukrinform (Ukraine), BelTA (Belarus), Tanjug (Serbia), BTA (Bulgaria), ANSA (Italy), IRNA (Iran), Moldpres (Moldova), ATA (Albania), MTI (Hungary) MENA (Egypt), PETRA (Jordan) and ANTARA (Indonesia), Montsame (Mongolia), Yonhap (South Korea), LETA (Latvia), Kabar (Kyrgyzstan), Kazinform (Kazakhstan), KUNA (Kuwait), and Khovar (Tajikistan), KYODO (Japan), BuaNews (South Africa), AGI (Italy), QNA(Qatar), Elta (Lithuania), Telam (Argentina) and PAP (Poland).[5]

It is a member of Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies[4] and European Alliance of News Agencies.[13] AZERTAC is also the co-founder of Association of the National News Agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Union of the Turkish Speaking News Agencies (TKA) and the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies (BSANNA).[4] The agency has offices in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Baltic states, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, Spain, Romania, Italy, Sweden and all provinces of Azerbaijan.[5]

On November 16-18, 2016 Baku hosted the 5th News Agencies World Congress, the 16th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and the 22nd session of the Council of CIS Heads of News Agencies which were co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and AZERTAC.[14] Almost 200 journalists from 80 countries representing more than 130 leading news agencies of the world from five continents discussed topical problems of media at the 5th News Agencies World Congress in Baku. AZERTAC assumed presidency of the News Agencies World Congress and presidency of OANA for the next three years (2016-2019) at these events.[15] On November 17, AZERTAC signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement with Spanish International News Agency (EFE), an Agreement on Cooperation with Paraguayan IP news agency of Paraguay's Secretariat of Information and Communication (SICOM) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahrain's News Agency (BNA) on the sidelines of the 5th News Agencies World Congress.[16]


Along with the photo and information AZERTAC prepares video news about the social, political, economic and sports life of the country and releases them on its internet source and social networks. The multimedia and video news services of the agency implements several projects, such as “Cities of the World”, “Travelling around Azerbaijan”[17], “Our Monuments”, “Our Leading Figures”, "Persona" and "We are also like everyone".[18]

Since 2013, “Children’s Knowledge Portal" has been functioning on the base of the AZERTAC.[19]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Ilham Aliyev, "President-friend of journalists or about ‘objectivity’ of independent Int'l NGOs:The state information agency AzerTAj has published an article by its general director AZERTAC Aslan Aslanov." 8 January 2011 [1]
  2. ^ "AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency - AZERTAC turns 90". Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Members". BSANNA. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "AzerTAc. About us". Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
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  8. ^ "AzerTAc: a media bridge between East and West". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  9. ^ "XVI Генеральная ассамблея Организации информационных агентств стран Азии и Тихого океана завершила работу АЗЕРТАДЖ с 18 ноября приступил к председательству в OANA в 2016-2019 годах [ОБНОВЛЕНО]". (in Russian). Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Baku hosts meeting of News Agencies World Council (NACO) VIDEO". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  11. ^ "В Баку состоялась совместная церемония открытия V Всемирного конгресса новостных агентств, XVI Генеральной Ассамблеи Организации информационных агентств стран Азии и Тихого океана Президент Азербайджана Ильхам Алиев принял участие в церемонии [ОБНОВЛЕНО-6] ВИДЕО". (in Russian). Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  12. ^ "5th News Agencies World Congress to be held under title "New Challenges for News Agencies"". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  13. ^ K. M. Shrivastava (2007). News agencies from pigeon to internet. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 269. ISBN 1-932705-67-8.
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  17. ^ "TRAVELLING ACROSS AZERBAIJAN". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  18. ^ "AZERTAC Video – Azerbaijan State News Agency". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Uşaq Bilik Portalı". Retrieved 30 March 2019.

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