Looks like someone needs to tell Azerbaijan that The Washington Post is not Pravda. Getting the concept of free media straight might, if nothing else, spare the Azerbaijani government lots of hard feelings about American foreign policy.
On August 16, Azerbaijan’s main pro-government news services trumpeted an anonymous essay, published a few days earlier by the Azerbaijani legislature’s newspaper, that had proclaimed that The Washington Post is allegedly "violating a ceasefire" between the US and Azerbaijan.
No such formal “ceasefire” exists, of course. The issue is that Baku believes recent meetings with US officials — in particular, visits by Special Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein — signal that Washington is willing to drop the criticism of Azerbaijan’s civil right record and focus on the hydrocarbons that bind the two countries together.
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