By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
The recent escalation in the tensions on 1st and 2nd April 2016 between Azerbaijan and Armenia resulted in deaths of 12 servicemen civilian causalities. The incident took place on ‘contact line’ between the two countries at Armenian occupied territories in Aghdere–Terter–Aghdam and Khojavand–Fuzuli.
The European Azerbaijan Society issued a press release about the biased coverage of the BBC of the recent incident in the region. TEAS of the view that full facts were not mentioned in the BBC coverage.
In October 2015, while attending a conference on the Azerbaijan-Armenia conference in Baku I had the opportunity to interact with various high level officials. I both formally and informally expressed my concerns about the, lack information availability, international media education and networking. Azerbaijan need to review its media policy as having cultural events is not enough to tackle the problems they have in hand.
Some international experts have warned Azerbaijani officials months ago about this important ‘biased media issue’ and now they need to make their priorities right.
Earlier the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said: “if the Armenian military continues carrying out provocations and firing on our residential areas and positions, the Azerbaijani troops will use all the weaponry in hand to continue offensive operations in order to destroy the enemy, liberate the occupied territories and ensure our territorial integrity.”