Space TV is a private television channel launched in 1997.

Media assets

Television: Space TV

State Media Matrix Typology: Captured Private (CaPr)

Ownership and governance

The channel has been owned by the family of the President Ilham Aliyev (more precisely by Sevil Aliyeva, the daughter of former President Heydar Aliyev, and the sister of Ilham Aliyev).

Source of funding and budget

There is no publicly available information about the budget of Space TV. Azeri journalists abroad say that the channel receives substantial amounts of funding from the government.

Editorial independence

Space TV is known as a station totally aligned with the interests of the Azeri government, particularly supportive of the president Aliyev, according to journalists covering Azerbaijan.

No domestic statute or independent assessment mechanism to validate the editorial independence of Space TV have been identified.

September 2023