Euronews editor says intent to report "other side" of Karabakh dispute is not due to protests.

Posted: 15 Dec 2009   Print   Send a link
"Some 50 protesters gathered outside Euronews head office in Lyon ... to protest at a one-sided Euronews report on the Karabakh conflict. The protesters chanted 'Respect the truth', 'Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory' and 'Journalism requires professionalism'. Four of the protest organizers ... were received by [Euronews chief editor Peter] Barabas for about an hour... . Barabas told the protesters that he had not expected the report to cause such a storm of protest. He said the Euronews editorial office had received hundreds of letters about the report." News.az, 11 December 2009. See also Azeri Press Agency, 12 December 2009 and APA, 11 December 2009.
     "Armenians living in France put pressure on the Azerbaijani young people to prevent them from holding protest action outside the Euronews office against the biased televised report on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Lyons, France, 'Ireli' Public Union Chairman Ceyhun Osmanli said." Today.az, 11 December 2009.
     "'We have recently done a report on the Armenians who suffered during the conflict, and it is now our obvious intent to focus on the other side as well, that is the Azeris whose lives were also uprooted during all these years of confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This idea has nothing to do with a number of protests we have received from individuals and organizations from Azerbaijan following the broadcast of our report on the Armenian side in Nagorno Karabakh. Both our reports are based solely on our editorial values and guidelines,' [Euronews chief editor Peter Barabas] said." Azeri Press Agency, 11 December 2009.
     "The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has not yet received any requests from the Euronews television channel on its desire to prepare a story about the Nagorno-Karabakh, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elkhan Polukhov said." Today.az, 11 December 2009.
     "Azerbaijani Embassy in Ukraine will initiate a meeting with the management of 'Inter' TV channel to solve the problem with broadcasting biased materials on Nagorno-Karabakh, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Ukraine Talat Aliyev told Trend News on Dec. 12. 'We want to tell them how roughly they have broken all laws and regulations of staying in another country.'" Trend News Agency, 12 December 2009. See previous post about same subject.