A Man and a Woman… And Lider TV.

My brother has been a journalist since the age of 16. He started working in a very difficult time for our family and would share with me part of the money he earned, so I could buy myself lunch at school. He would stay in the office till late night, writing several articles a day, trying himself in politics, culture and sports. He would make interviews, reports, analytical articles.

Today, he has almost 10 years of working experience in something he loves and knows how to do. I’ve always felt I have a lot to learn from him. And,  it turns out, i’m not the only one.


One of my first posts on this blog was about the powerful word “ayib” and it’s importance for our society. Well, now you can forget it. Why? Because, apparently, that’s what the state media wants us to do.

The closer parliamentary elections, the funnier things here get. Now, we get to watch free porn in prime time. So here’s the story.

Imagine an ordinary Azerbaijani family, preparing to have dinner. The father just came home from work, checking the grades of his kids. Probably, slapping them a couple of times for bad behavior. The daughter putting plates on the table, dreaming about getting married with the neighbor boy, mother finishing with cooking. They all gather at the table, mother pouring juice in glasses, father taking TV’s remote, switching it on. They’re going to watch news on Lider TV. The news start, the anchor tells news on President’s trips and meetings, talks on Armenian army breaking the ceasefire again and announces a video report. And the TV shows THIS.

BAAAAM! How is it?

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.”

They showed all the important moments. The man taking woman’s clothes off, the scenes of oral sex, lovers changing poses. The only thing they cared about doing is hiding the genitals of two. And of course, the voice on the background, using strong phrases and stressing the immorality of the picture.

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.

The man on the video is Azer Ahmedov, a technical editor of the opposition newspaper “Azadliq”. The chief editor Ganimat Zahid and reporter Mirza Zakit of this same newspaper have spent years in jail on obviously fake hooliganism and drug-possession charges. Its investigative reporter Agil Khalil, who I personally know and respect, left the country after being stabbed in 2008. State run media later portrayed him as being “a homosexual.” By the way, this story was also widely shown on other state channel, and is still available on Youtube.

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.

So, basically “A man had sex with a woman”, reported Lider TV.


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.

Have fun watching it, Mr. Maharramli.


My brother has been a journalist since the age of 16. He is a good journalist. He knows how to use the facts, where to put the stress and, when necessary, how to make his words important and influential. But most importantly, he knows when to stop.

Do you?

    • Sevinj
    • October 28th, 2010

    Byla v takom je shoke. Etdikleri iyrencdi!

    • Jalee
    • October 28th, 2010

    This shows how primitive Azeri society is. So what … consenting man and woman had sexual relationship? I guess Lider TV reached its new low. I hope the girl on video is not going to be sabotaged and your brother stayed in Baku instead of fleeing to Turkey.

    Don’t worry my dear your bother is gonna be alright!

      • Fatalin
      • October 28th, 2010

      Dear Jalee,

      Thank you for your comment. My brother is not the person on the video. Gladly 🙂

    • Azeri
    • October 28th, 2010

    In reality what this journalist did is something that bizillion of all human beings are doing. Sex is very natural part of human existence. What bothers me is that this stupid Lider TV have used this rather very normal video clip and edited it with bunch of rhetorics and fallacies to manipulate the mindset of uneducated, naive Azerbaijani people. Unfortunately people in Azerbaijan have not yet been well trained to distinguish normal activities, realities from so-called rhetorics, and fallacies. What Lider did and the way the person narrated the story yet another indication how unprofessional Lider is.

    • Jalee
    • October 28th, 2010

    I also forgot to add putting out porn before election is not new and wasn’t invented in Azerbaijan. I wished somebody did a study to show how many man consistently demanded oral sex from their wife after this vid 😉

    • Archimed
    • November 1st, 2010

    I would suggest to Mr. Maharamli to watch it with family as a lot of families did it unexpectedly. Then may be he can comment. Everthink is going worse here…

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