Aaron in Azerbaijan

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A Disappointing Propaganda Strategy

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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…

 

News / From Our Bureaus

Azerbaijani State TV Airs Sex Video Of Opposition Editor

October 26, 2010

BAKU — Two weeks before parliamentary elections, the pro-government television channel Lider has aired a secretly filmed video of an opposition newspaper editor and a woman having sex, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports.

The video was first made public on October 12, when a user under the name of “Mohammad Azadi” posted and distributed it on social-media networks. Several local media outlets also received a DVD version of the video in the mail.

But the broadcast of parts of the video on October 25 was the first time a nationwide TV station aired it. It was labeled “The Naked Truth of the Opposition.”

Azer Ahmedov, a technical editor of the opposition newspaper “Azadliq,” admitted a few days after the video appeared online that he is in the video. Ahmedov, who is separated from his wife, then resigned from his job and reportedly went to Turkey.

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.

News / From Our Bureaus

Azerbaijani State TV Airs Sex Video Of Opposition Editor

October 26, 2010

BAKU — Two weeks before parliamentary elections, the pro-government television channel Lider has aired a secretly filmed video of an opposition newspaper editor and a woman having sex, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports.

The video was first made public on October 12, when a user under the name of “Mohammad Azadi” posted and distributed it on social-media networks. Several local media outlets also received a DVD version of the video in the mail.

But the broadcast of parts of the video on October 25 was the first time a nationwide TV station aired it. It was labeled “The Naked Truth of the Opposition.”

Azer Ahmedov, a technical editor of the opposition newspaper “Azadliq,” admitted a few days after the video appeared online that he is in the video. Ahmedov, who is separated from his wife, then resigned from his job and reportedly went to Turkey.

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.

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Written by Aaron

October 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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  1. Well, the GOP hasn’t shown any clips of Russ Feingold in a similar situation, probably because plastics magnate Ron Johnson somehow leads in the polls. They have accused Russ of everything from the current economic problems to the Hindenburg disaster.

    Johnson leads despite not having a clue or offering any cogent thoughts about how he would serve Wisconsin citizens. He said he isn’t into details…oh what a relief! Let’s toss out one of the few senators who IS into details for a know-nothing nimrod who routinely supports private education over public education among other frightening revelations.

    Marc Kennedy

    October 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    • We are doing our best to keep Feingold in office, but his opponent is trying to buy this election outright having spent nearly 9,000,000$ out of his own pocket on election ads. I wonder how he can claim to represent anyone except for the insurance companies who have already bought and paid for his votes.

      I’ll be so happy when this election season is over.

      Galen Sallomi

      October 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    • I know it–I managed to get a live stream of WPR yesterday and caught Russ on with Joy Cardin. Minus the Joy Cardin part, it was a refreshing experience, to hear someone talking cogently about politics (and talking about politics at all, really). From what I’ve read about this Johnson guy, he doesn’t really seem like a good businessman, either. Sounds like just a rich guy who’s let his money go to his head. I’m thinking we might have to fill him in on those details…

      Aaron

      October 30, 2010 at 3:57 am


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