Canadian Azerbaijanis send open letter to BBC News

Baku, October 3, AZERTAC

The Azerbaijani Canadian Multicultural Center has sent a letter of protest to BBC News over its biased report and articles on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

According to the State Committee on Work with Diaspora, the open letter emphasizes the Azerbaijani community’s deep concerns about the dissemination of fake reports and articles about the ongoing military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The letter reads: “We would like to express our deepest concerns regarding the articles BBC has shared recently, the articles that appear to be misinformation about the ongoing military conflict in Karabakh.

We are particularly concerned about the articles titled: “Armenia says its fighter jet shot down by Turkey,” dated September 29, 2020, and “Attempt by Azerbaijan and Turkey to exterminate the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh,” dated September 28, 2020.

In both cases, BBC publishes groundless Armenian allegations with no evidence of or proof backing these allegations. Such baseless claims undeniably discredit Azerbaijani and Turkish reputation in an international arena and may influence a public sentiment unjustly.

The truth has not been conveyed in a professional journalistic fashion – the facts were poorly assembled and barely verified. We are convinced that there must be an adequate and objective journalistic verification to avoid such misinformation.

With all of us being Canadians, who swore the Oath of Allegiance, we find it very sorrowful that such an influential British agency has relied on unverified reports and clickbait headlines. We assume that the BBC had not prioritized any other interest but the public one and did not attempt to influence public opinion or intervene with the conflict.

We trust that BBC is a reputable news outlet that may be willing to revise the ungrounded information published in the articles, and put a considerable effort to deliver the information that is verified with the public interest held above any other.”

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