ABC News Removes Karabakh from its Travel Feature

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3 days ago I noticed that ABC news has mentioned Nagorno-Karabakh as one of the 7 offbeat places to travel. I was so happy that I tweeted about it.

The text on the website was the following:

“If you’re looking for an adventure, this landlocked autonomous region between Armenia and Azerbaijan is the place to go. It’s the kind of place that’s so contested that not only does it not have an embassy, but its “Office of Permanent Representation” in Armenia doesn’t even ask if you want your visa pasted into your passport. They know you don’t, so they just attach it with a paper clip.

Stay at the recently-built Armenia Hotel in the capital, Stepanakert, and use the city as your base to explore the region. Go hiking through snow-topped mountains and fields of yellow and red flowers. Feast on shish kebob and grilled vegetables. If you’re staying with a local, don’t be surprised if you’re offered homemade mulberry vodka with breakfast.

Don’t miss the Gandzasar Monastery, meaning “hilltop treasure,” built in the 10th century. Visit it at night to see it lit up in the darkness”.

2 days later; while checking Asbarez Armenian news website, they had an article that ABC news removed Karabakh from its travel feature. That was disturbing. They suggested for Armenians to go and comment on ABC news page and ask the reason why Karabakh was removed. Checking now, the comments has started a political online battle between Armenians and Azerbaijani people.

I wanted to contribute to this issue in a different way and decided to post photos of my parent’s safe visit to the region.

If you have photos from your trip and you want to share them here, don’t hesitate to drop a comment and I’ll add the photos under your name.

For more information about Nagorno-Karabakh tourism, you can also check the following website:

National Anthem of Nagorno-Karabakh


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2 responses to “ABC News Removes Karabakh from its Travel Feature”

  1. krikOrian says :

    Man , the author of the article was Armenian so i was not surprised

    • Sako says :

      The first day I saw the article, I didn’t notice but later I also noticed that the author is Armenian.

      I don’t know how ABC news team works but they should have an editor who checks before the news is published. If the editor found including Karabakh in the article as wrong, they shouldn’t have published from the first place.

      The disturbing issue here is that they removed a touristic site after political pressure.

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