A Disappointing Propaganda Strategy
I don’t really want to do this post. But it is something significant to point out. Luckily, I was no where near a functioning TV when this aired, but last week Lider TV, a local station, decided to air a clip of two people having sex. This is baffling enough, but it turns out that the guy in the video was an editor of an opposition newspaper. And now he’s resigned and packed his bags for Turkey.
I just want to comment on how bizarre this is. Seriously, Lider TV? I don’t really take television here seriously as it is, but this goes beyond what I’ve seen:
In a commercial showed widely on Lider TV, viewers were told to watch the evening news show “Seda.” It was during this program that the video of Ahmedov and a woman having sex was shown. The announcer says that what is happening in the video is a result of the “asymetric policy from the West.”
While engaging in oral sex, the Lider TV moderator said “we have to show this to the Western world, especially to France, so they know that their methods are very close to our opposition.”
The moderator added that the video was leaked to other opposition newspapers and was distributed publicly by a rival opposition group. “This shows how ‘united’ our opposition is,” the moderator concluded.
I debated with myself about doing a post on this, but it’s just too ridiculous to ignore. I remember election season being ridiculous in America (as I’m sure it is right now), and Lider TV has managed to make it worse in Azerbaijan. And not only is the television station putting out material of an adolescent nature, but it appears the council in charge of keeping tabs on this stuff is in on the game, too:
Nushirevan Maharramli, the head of the National Council on TV and Radio, refused to comment on the decision of Lider TV to air the video.
“I haven’t seen the show yet, I will talk after I see it,” he told RFE/RL.
Really? I doubt that…