Azerbaijan State News Agency
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. Since 15 march 2018 Chairman of the Board.
AZERTAC was established on 1 March 1920. 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. February 26, 2015 President Ilham Aliyev has today signed an order to rename Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency Azerbaijan State Information Agency (AZERTAC).
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).
It is a member of Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies and European Alliance of News Agencies. 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). 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.
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. 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. 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.
- 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."News.az 8 January 2011 
- "The Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency - AZERTAC turns 90". Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
- "Members". BSANNA. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "AzerTAc. About us". Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- 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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