New Website Exposes Azeri Propaganda; Sets Record Straight On Karabakh Liberation War
YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—A new website is exposing Azerbaijani propaganda about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The site, Xocali.net, is titled “The Chronicles of Unseen Forgery and Falsification,” and it’s an online repository founded by the Xenophobia Prevention Initiative. It is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Azerbaijani.
According to site author Samvel Martirosian, Xocali.net seeks to set the record straight about the Nagorno-Karabakh liberation struggle and in particular the battle of Khojaly, which Azerbaijan claims was a massacre perpetrated by Armenians 17 years ago.
Martirosian announced the website to the public Wednesday during a press conference in Yerevan. Speaking to reporters, he said the initiative had “investigated and brought to light a great number of falsifications.”
The website puts Azeri propaganda to the test, analyzing publications, videos and photographs issued over the years by various Azerbaijani state agencies, organizations, and media outlets that allegedly depict Armenians slaughtering Azeris during the Karabakh conflict.
“We’ve proven, for example, that Azerbaijanis are carrying posters of pictures depicting victims of the Kosovo war, when they gather at Armenia’s embassies in different countries to hold anti-Armenian rallies,” he explained. “This fact is also be reflected on the project’s site.”
Martirosian singled out at least 20 falsified photos used by Azerbaijani media in covering the battle of Khojaly over the years.
Xocali.net compares doctored photographs claimed to be from the Karabakh war with their originals, proven to be from conflicts in Iraqi, Afghanistan or Israel and not Karabakh.
“Among them are photos of victims of the massacres of the Kurdish population in Turkey, pictures of the victims of the mass killings in Srebrenica of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and pictures of children wounded in a bus explosion in 1988,” Martirosian said. “A picture of a crying woman, in fact, was shot after the earthquake and has nothing to do with the events of Khojaly.”
The website also contains research documents, publications and videos on the issue. Included in its archives are: “The Case of Khojaly: A Special Folder” by Hike Demoyan and Levon Melik-Shakhnazarian; an article by jailed Azeri journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, titled “Cattle Was Saved, People – Not”; and video interviews with Meskhetian-Turks from Khojaly, who speak about Azeri soldiers shooting on civilians trying to evacuate Khojali through the Armenian secure corridor.
Khojaly was among the fiercest battles of the war. It took place from February 24 to 26, 1994, following which the Karabakh Army liberated the Azeri stronghold from where the Azeri army would rain rockets and fire on the civilian population in Karabakh.
Neutralizing the Azeri stronghold was a key turning point in the Karabakh conflict, which culminated in the liberation of the historic Armenian city of Shoushi in May of the same year.