“Recently, I ran again into a brilliant Azerbaijani journalism. These last years I try not to give them an interview, because it seems that there is absolutely no media left there any longer that is not buckled under Aliyev’s administration. I am not on the way with these guys; they stub writers, oppositionist bloggers in a daylight, and lead the people into a savage, bestial hatred towards Armenians – all the media are busy by this all the time,” said famous Azerbaijani writer Eduard Bagirov, in an article published on the portal “litprom.ru.”
The writer noted that Vugar Hasanov from “Vesti.az” news agency was polite, courteous and helpful, and Bagirov gave him an interview.
“Interview, or rather to say the staff that he made of it, came out on October 2. Here I should mention that my written (and it was only in a written form, all sorts of jingles “interruptions” and other heresy is sucked from the finger by himself) interviews need no future handling, and moreover cutting something out. But of course, they could not allow an adequate interview of a man who recognizes that the genocide of the Armenians was genocide. And tried to make an audible fool out of me, while they themselves are fools,” Bagirov says, noting that he had to spend time and publish the original version of that interview.
When comparing the original interview and the interview that was published after “handling” by the news agencies “Vesti.az” it becomes clear that some of E. Bagirov’s answers have been changed, as well as the questions of the correspondent. Thus to the question “You are considered a scandalous person, aggressive man. What do you thing in this concern about yourself?” journalist of the Azerbaijani news agency wrote a note “interrupting”: “(Interrupting) … I do not care what they think of me. I am a successful writer and screenwriter, the rest does not matter. Not to mention the fact that my personal life and, even more, this or that features of my character are nobody’s business.”
In an interview Bagirov had stated that Azerbaijan and Armenia are great, beautiful countries with beautiful nature and climatic conditions, and any normal government should firstly be concerned not with the thought of how to kill everyone quickly but on the contrary; he should think of his people who should live a long and quiet life, while they still continue dying now.
E. Bagirov reconfirmed that he recognizes the Armenian Genocide carried out in the Ottoman Empire, noting that when hundreds of thousands of people, including the elderly, women and children are killed simply because of their nationality, it is genocide.
Writer’s words, that he would like Armenians and Azerbaijanis stop killing each other, and that it is quite intelligible and adequate desire, were also presented partially and modifications. All the interviews of Eduard Bagirov have been “processed” in a similar way.