(The following letter was sent to the New York Times in protest of a recent article on Nagorno Karabagh.)
To the Editor:
The New York Times is a pacesetter in responsible journalism, yet that very same vocation pre-empts it from undermining its own standards and journalistic standards.
The article published in your May 31 issue by Ellen Barry constitutes disservice to your readers and to people in general.
Under the title, “Frozen Conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenian begins to boil,” the writer covers the bellicose mood in Azerbaijan, freely subscribing to views and statements of the Azeri side.
It is not for us to remind any journalist tackling a topic to do his or her homework. Ellen Barry has allowed herself to use blanket statements without heeding history. She writes: “Since the early 1990s, Azerbaijan has been trying to regain control of Nagorno-Karabagh, a predominantly Armenian enclave within its borders, and secure the return of ethnic Azeris who were forced from their homes by the war.”