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Impartiality of The Guardian is just a candy wrapper (Mkhitaryan's case again)


An Azerbaijani woman Vusala Ahmadova outraged by the recent campaign against Azerbaijan has sent a message to our editorial office. In this message she writes that she recently 'read an unfair article in The Guardian connected with Henrick Mkhitaryan, which darkens our country by transmitting deliberately distorted information about the case of Mkhitaryan’s arrival in Baku.' Vusala has sent a letter to The Guardian expressing her opinion on this biased article. However, there was no reaction from this authoritative British newspaper.

Azeri Daily editorial office decided to publish Vusala Ahmadova's letter to The Guardian as it is:

Dear Guardian,

When I first was introduced to Guardian, I was mesmerised. Although you may find it odd that in the current digital era one may fall short of hearing about Guardian, I got to know about it only about 6 months ago. But I was touched by the philosophy behind it, rather than the actual articles itself. My eyes were almost welled up with tears reading your request for support in exchange for an editorially independent media, which sets its own agenda and free from commercial bias and billionaire influence. I found it immaculately humanistic, for you to give open access to everybody and just ask those who can afford it to pay. You basically left it to the responsibility of the auditorium to decide whether they want to support or not thus demonstrating boundless level of trust in the humanity.

Swallowed by the joy of such a trust based humanistic approach I became a guest of Guardian articles on a daily basis genuinely confided in the veracity of the presented materials without the need for any scrutiny and I was well determined in my willingness to support the Guardian once I get back my job. That continued until I encountered an article about the content of which I knew a little more than the author of the article Barry Glendenning… I felt like the illusion of chastity that I built around the Guardian is falling apart. Together with this does my sense of trust! What the heck is going on? Am I again trapped in a trust and humanity game which is nothing more than a game and true state of affairs in this world is inevitably dictated by power and money and all this philosophy appears to be just a colourful candy wrapper without candy inside… Why was I devastated? Read the following article: 


Author relentlessly demonstrates its rage against those who encroached into Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s right to unintentionally become isolated from participating in Baku battlefield due to the imminent security threats likely to encounter Mkhitaryan would he visit Baku and presenting Mkhitaryan as a "helplessly exposed player".  In support of this view, the author brings to the table several arguments...

Your statement: “Such talk is cheap and it remains unclear how exactly the Azeris planned to guarantee the safety of a hopelessly exposed player as he went about his business on a vast football pitch in a stadium late at night.”

Do you know how Barry?

1) Just like the Azeris have guaranteed safety over two Armenian siblings Qarsevan and Duchik Janazyan on 23 May 2019 who flew in to Baku to participate in the European Championship on sports aerobics.

2) In 2015 for the first time Baku hosted first European Olympic Games. Gevorg Manukian, an ethnic Armenian, participated in box match, won silver medal and was personally awarded by the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. You may want to watch for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YRo3HONTU4

3) Starting from 2015 Azerbaijan is hosting various sports events of international significance, including annual Formula 1 rallies. Have you ever heard about racism demonstrated by Azeris towards different nationalities, including Armenians?

Your statement: “UEFA, despite its decidedly weak defence of its right to stage a prestige European final in a country where anyone with the wrong passport or surname is unwelcome, has been roundly panned for what was clearly an ill-advised move.”

Barry, you call Azerbaijan as a “country where anyone with the wrong passport or surname is unwelcome”. Just applying to you as a human: “Do you think you have a moral right to make that statement? You are a journalist, more than that, you are a journalist of Guardian and you claim to be free from any bias. Then how come do you make such a blatantly glaring and flagrant statement?

Have you ever inquired into the reason of why there is a conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Well guess, what? Armenia invaded Azerbaijan’s territory called Nagorno-Karabakh, occupied it, just like Russia occupied Ukraine’s Crimea. Armenia claims that national habitats of Nagorniy Kharabakh are ethnic Armenians and that therefore have voted for their territory to be independent from Azerbaijan and be part of Armenia. The same argument Russia brings to the table as a justification for its Crimea invasion. Does these both stories not look like the same? If assessing from these lens, looks like both Russia and Armenia are aggressors, least because United Nation officially recognised territorial integrity of Azerbaijan Republic and some neighbour jeopardised it.

No, I am not trying to go into politics, all I am trying to say that there is a reason of why there is a mutual unwelcome messages from both parties. However, despite of these tensions Azeris have already proved in the example of above outlined that sport is not the best occasion to play political games.

And your story here, Barry is one sided. You are stating that Azerbaijan is  a “country where anyone with the wrong passport or surname is unwelcome”.

Why are you telling people one-sided story? If you are telling people that there is a threat for Mkhitaryan then you should mention the cases for other sportsmen who participated in Baku and never encountered even a drop of threat. Baku hosted a wealth of sports rallies of international significance starting from European Olympic Games in 2015 and including but not limited to annual Formula 1, rhythmic gymnastics, etc.etc. Have there been any time in the history of conducting of sports games anyhow any case demonstrating racism by Azeris? By providing one-sided arguments, you intentionally hide facts that prove opposite and deceiving Guardian readers through inciting them to make erroneous conclusions. Wouldn’t it just be better to provide facts from both sides and let the audience decide?

In light of above, does the story of Mkhitaryan not look like a political game? And does [Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK] Tahir Taghizadeh’s calls for not politicising football not make sense? Moreover, does it not lead to think that Barry’s opinion is well prejudiced and prepaid?

The Guardian, are you telling me that your glorified philosophy of disseminating unbiased opinion is just a candy wrapper? Please, don’t be biased, you were my last escort point from prejudiced and corrupt world… unless you too employ prepaid opinions and influenced by billionaires…


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