Azerbaijan State Telegraph 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.[1]


AZERTAC was established on 1 March 1920.[2][3] 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.[4]

International ooperation

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).[4]

It is a member of Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies[3] and European Alliance of News Agencies.[5] 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).[3] The agency has offices in the United States, Russia, Turkey, France, Germany, Austria, Iran, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan and all provinces of Azerbaijan.[4]

Further reading


  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
  2. "The Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency - AZERTAC turns 90". Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 "Members". BSANNA. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 "AzerTAc. About us". Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  5. 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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