The Azerbaijani government and media have repeatedly been caught making fake news about progress in its invasion of the Armenian-majority region of Artsakh.
Although Turks and Azeris are linguistic and cultural kin, often saying that they constitute “one nation in two states,” it appears that this shared affinity also extends into their authoritarian and dictatorial style of governance with a heavy-handed control of the media.
Turkey is one of the lowest ranked countries for media freedoms in the world, is the second most susceptible country surveyed on the European continent to fake news, has the most journalists jailed in the whole world, and 90% of media is government controlled.
However, topping Turkey, Azerbaijan has an even lower media freedom ranking then, Turkey, placing 168 out of 180 countries, and this has only becoming increasingly evident with the spread of fake news during its invasion attempt of Artsakh.
There are many examples to highlight, but we will point out two of the most glaring obvious.
Azerbaijani media released footage where an Azerbaijani cannot decide whether he is a soldier speaking to an alleged Armenian woman that is being treated courteously by the Azerbaijani army, or a journalist hiding in fear from Armenian bombardment.
The Armenian Defense Ministry notes that the Azerbaijani propaganda machine is so poor that it is incapable of even finding different actors for different roles, Armen Press reported.
In fact, the fake news was so obvious that Armenian social media users started mocking the Azerbaijani reporter/soldier/actor.
On October 4, Hikmet Hajiyev, the Assistant of the Azerbaijani Dictator, Ilhem Aliyev, and Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Aliyev’s Administration, was blatantly caught out lying on Twitter.
“Proof of Armenia’s delibarate and targeted attack against critical civilian infrastructure of Azerbaijan. Missile landed in close proximity of energy block in Mingachevir. But did not explode. Peace enforcement must continue to bring Armenia to its senses and responsibility,” he said on Twitter.
One Twitter user asked Mike Mihajlovic, an engineer, defense technologies specialist, and former army officer, to analyze the claims made by Hajiyev.
Mihajlovic highlighted “Fake impact. Staged for the photo ops:
– no debris around impact;
– asphalt drilled, not broken during the “high velocity” impact;
– piece of wood to support the missile;
rocket motor without combustion marks;
– brand new looking sign above the door.”
He then highlighted “At a first glance, the ‘impact”‘ angle is [approximately] 55 [degrees]. Unguided rocket flight trajectory is different than for artillery shells because it is propelled flight.”
He then highlighted that weapon that the Armenians allegedly used does not even have the range to reach where it landed even if shot at from the closest point in Armenia.
This post was last modified on October 8, 2020 10:41 am
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