Euronews camera crew comes under Armenian missile attack 

  27 October 2020    Read: 1156
 Euronews camera crew comes under Armenian missile attack 

Azerbaijan strongly condemns the attack by the Armenian armed forces with Kornet-type anti-tank missile on Euronews camera crew, who carried out professional journalistic activities in Azerbaijan’s Talish and Sugovushan villages liberated from occupation, said Hikmet Hajiyev, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration.

Hajiyev regarded Armenia’s attack as an aggression against freedom of speech and professional journalism.

“Fortunately, the missile dodged the target, and the film crew was not hurt. The vehicle was damaged,” he said.

The presidential aide noted that the attack with the use of an anti-tank guided missile on a vehicle with the Euronews distinctive sign from a long distance is purposeful.

The presidential aide noted that the long-range attack with the use of an anti-tank guided missile on a vehicle with the Euronews logo was targeted and purposeful.

“The Euronews report clearly shows that the rocket passed close to a moving vehicle (https://vimeo.com/472347741),” he said.

Hajiyev reminded that earlier, representatives of the Azerbaijani media were also fired upon by Armenia’s armed forces, there were wounded among the journalists, and the vehicles of the film crews were damaged.

He also said that the representatives of the international media who present video footage from the military operations by Azerbaijan, upon returning to their countries, face verbal and physical attacks, blackmail, and threats from the Armenian lobby.

"In some cases, under pressure from the lobby, professional journalists are dismissed. A vivid example is the attacks of the Armenian lobby in France on the French TV channel TF1’s reporters because of their videos from Azerbaijan. Currently, more than 70 representatives of international media work in Azerbaijan. In accordance with the operational situation, the necessary conditions are created for them to prepare reports from the front and carry out their professional activities," Hajiyev added. 


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