Baku Blacklists Anthony Bourdain for Artsakh Visit

Anthony Bourdain (left) and ANI Armenian Research Center editor Tatul Hakobyan (Photo: ANI Armenian Research Center)
Anthony Bourdain (left) and ANI Armenian Research Center editor Tatul Hakobyan (Photo: ANI Armenian Research Center)

Anthony Bourdain (left) and ANI Armenian Research Center editor Tatul Hakobyan (Photo: ANI Armenian Research Center)

BAKU—Azerbaijan has decided to blacklist Anthony Bourdain, the prolific food icon who last week visited Armenia and Artsakh to tape segments for his Emmy-award winning show “Parts Unknown” that airs on CNN.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmat Hajiyev made the announcement on Tuesday.

“We confirm that for violation territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as laws of Azerbaijan, A. Bourdain has been blacklisted,” Hajiyev told Buzzfeed.

“We do regret that he has made himself a propaganda tool to justify and disguise occupation of Azerbaijan’s lands by Armenia,” he wrote. “Making a culinary show from seized lands is utter disrespect to one million Azerbaijani refugees & [internally displaced peoples who were] forcefully displaced,” added Hajiyev.

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