I’ll start off by saying this is NOT about the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict.
But to discuss the hypocrisy of western mainstream media outlets.
In this case, the BBC.
An interview with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev surfaced from last November and is now trending online.
Part of his interview with a BBC journalist was previously censored due to the conversation moving to imprisoned journalist Julian Assange.
Aliyev lectured the journalist commenting that western media has no right to accuse them of censoring freedom of speech or freedom of the press.
And the BBC journalist looks completely shaken and immediately tries to redirect the interview.
Here’s the section referencing Assange:
Holy shit – must watch this! pic.twitter.com/LtdIAzr4iC
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 6, 2021
Hadn't seen this before & it's quite something. In an interview with British state broadcaster BBC, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev reacts to a question about media freedom by bringing up the case of Julian Assange. pic.twitter.com/npmYvwUlPZ
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) May 6, 2021
The BBC version edits out this part 😂 https://t.co/a8S2m59nga
— Deep State (@capoKenn) May 5, 2021
The President of #Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 Ilham Aliyev (@PresidentAZ) tells the BBC where to shove their arrogance and political bias
Well said Sir — If only Britain had more politicians prepared to stand up to media bullying. 👍🏼 https://t.co/cBPCG94ALG
— Vote UKIP 🗳 🇬🇧 (@Vote_UKIP) May 6, 2021
.@presidentaz wasn't holding back. @BBC had a pre-determined position on #Karabakh conflict & unwilling to consider inconvenient narrative, namely that a Muslim majority country where Christians & Jews free to worship recovered territory that had been occupied by a Russian proxy https://t.co/U74oEIabcX
— Oubai Shahbandar (@OS26) May 6, 2021
As predicted, the jailing is now used as a precedent.
BBC told: “In view of its treatment of Assange, the UK had no right to reproach other nations over human rights or press freedom” – when asking Azerbaijani President about press freedom in his country. https://t.co/16dZHgbhWB
— Peter Cronau (@PeterCronau) May 4, 2021
Wau💪🏼 WATCH THIS 🔥🔥🔥
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev asked a BBC reporter:
Where is YOUR freedom of journalism, if Julian Assange is detained as a prisoner for doing his job ???
-> she is speechless <-
BRAVO 👍 💪🏼👍👍🌪 https://t.co/IuVGDwQCEn
— Dasha (@dasha_dagmar) May 6, 2021
Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev ends BBC news career pic.twitter.com/i5FP2rK6YV
— Sharon (@jesang_) May 5, 2021
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) May 6, 2021
Here’s the entire interview:
With the continued imprisonment of Assange, the hypocritical mainstream press can’t lecture anyone about human rights abuses or civil liberties.