With the Hungarian government’s release yesterday of a diplomatic protest to Azerbaijan, the sudden and intense war of words between Budapest and Armenia over the “Ramil Safarov case” is likely to quickly cool off, and there is probably not much more that can be said about the bizarre standoff that you can’t find in the 300+ comments posted here. But two webpage “screengrabs” that we took on Friday evening are worth sharing.
The first (above) is from the article on leading English-language Armenian portal hetq.am announcing Yerevan’s severing of ties with Budapest – which they mistakenly identify as the Romanian capital of Bucharest. (The headline has since been corrected, but the URL for the story still shows up the flub.) What can you say about a vicious fight between two countries where even the people supposedly in the know have a hard time IDing the capital of the enemy state? Pretty silly, no?
At the same time we saw this, something much less silly was taking place on the homepage of key government-friendly Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet, where the editors apparently couldn’t figure out how to spin the deeply embarrassing story and instead decided to utterly bury it, as if this would prevent news of the row – which was at the same time a top item on all the other big portals in Hungary, as well as the BBC’s website – from making the rounds in Hungary. Though to be fair to the editors/censors at mno.hu, at least they correctly identified the capital of Örményország as Jereván.