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Azerbaijani diaspora in Germany sends letter of gratitude to CNN

21 September 2010 [10:27] - TODAY.AZ
The Azerbaijani diaspora in Germany has sent a letter of thanks to CNN for showing a film about Azerbaijan national hero Chingiz Mustafayev, the State Committee for Diaspora of Azerbaijan told Trend on Monday.

Upon the advice of the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany, the coordination center of the Azerbaijanis in Germany has sent a letter of thanks to CNN vice-president Rick Davis and presenter Guillermo Adorno for the program and called on the German public and other Azerbaijani diaspora organizations add their voices of support. The letter was addressed to all the Azerbaijani and Turkish diaspora organizations in Germany.

On Aug. 28-31, U.S. television channel CNN International broadcast five times in four days a report on its "World View" program about Mustafayev, an Azerbaijani television reporter who was killed in the Karabakh war. The program marked the 50th anniversary of Mustafayev's birth.

Th courage of Mustafayev and other journalists led to the truth about the Khojaly Massacre in February 1992 being exposed to the world. Hundreds of ethnic Azerbaijani civilians from the town of Khojaly were killed on Feb. 25-26 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. According to international observers such as Human Rights Watch, the massacre was committed by the Armenian armed forces.

The Armenian lobby was concerned about the CNN broadcast, which presented to the world the position of Azerbaijan, and showed the bitter realities of Azerbaijan's modern history. One of the most authoritative Armenian organizations in U.S., the Armenian Assembly of America, appealed to Armenians to submit letters of protest to CNN International. The Armenian organization also tried to stop the story being broadcast.


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