Washington Post’s coverage of developments in Azerbaijan is biased – embassy
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.22
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
The coverage of the developments in Azerbaijan by the US Washington Post newspaper reflects neither widely acknowledged success nor the robust US-Azerbaijan partnership, Counselor of Azerbaijani embassy in the US Mammad Talibov said in his article published in that newspaper.
"Contrary to the assertion in the Dec. 12 editorial "Dystopia on the Caspian," the Azerbaijani people today are fulfilling their centuries-old aspirations by building a prosperous, stable, free and a truly independent nation," said the article.
Talibov said the case of journalist Khadija Ismayilova is going through Azerbaijan's legal system. As recent events in the United States have shown, legal decisions are not always popular and, in some cases, even spark mass protests, according to the counselor.
Under any circumstances, the process must be respected in Azerbaijan and in the United States, and all citizens, including journalists, should be equal before the laws of the land, according to the article.
"I believe we'd all agree that promotion of human rights and democracy is best done when one leads by example rather than by mentoring," he said. "This is especially true when the United States speaks to its friends, including
Talibov added that voicing concern for humanitarian needs of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis displaced as a result of the Armenian occupation would go a long way.
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