The purpose of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum is, by gathering the bright minds of the whole world, to create an authoritative international platform for discussing global issues that humanity faces in the age of technologies, Chairman of the Board of AzerTac News Agency, President of the World Congress of News Agencies of OANA Aslan Aslanov said at the opening of the session "Disinformation Policy – a Threat to Stability in the Modern World", held within the Baku International Humanitarian Forum.
Aslanov noted with satisfaction that the current Forum is the sixth in a row, which proves that the goal is achieved.
Referring to the session's topic, Aslan Aslanov said that Armenia, the country that has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, constantly spreads false information about Azerbaijan, replicates misleading news to the world community regarding the essence of the conflict.
"In order to hide the fact of occupation, Armenian information sources call this "a struggle for freedom". However, their attempts, of course, do not bring any benefit, since the whole world is already well aware of the real state of matters," Aslanov said.
He also stressed that today journalism faces challenges.
"There has always been false information. However, today its forms and distribution speed have changed so much that sometimes we, as a media outlet, have to defend ourselves. Social networks have significantly changed the information space. They help us to conveniently and quickly bring information to the audience, but at the same time they create new problems," Aslanov added.
The 6th International Humanitarian Forum, the theme of which is “Shaping a New World and a New Humanity: Creativity and Human Development”, began its work in Baku on Oct. 25. More than 580 people including 416 foreign guests from 86 countries and 24 international organizations, participate in the two-day forum.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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