Friday, March 24, 2006

BBC Coverage of Belarus Protesters

If there is one tax I hate paying most, its the BBC license. No one forces me to go and buy a newspaper whose editorial I detest, so why should I have to be made to pay for BBC news editors whom I despise and detest?

I wrote to the BBC complaint department during Ganji's hunger strike and asked as to why the hunger strike by this dissident was not covered on the BBC national news. The reply I got from them said, the editors had to fit what they judged to be the most important news within the limited program time they had, sadly the marathon hunger strike by the Iranian dissident was not judged that important.

So while Ganji was on hunger strike for more than 70 days, there was not a single day in which they could attach some importance to an Iranian revolutionary turned dissident and show the British public that there are dissidents in Iran. Perhaps the disillusioned UK Muslim youth for once could have been educated with the knowledge that many of Iran's revolutionary children have now seen the errors of their judgment and the Islamic government is no Utopia. But hey No! the BBC editors preferred to ignore Ganji's hunger strike for 70 days and instead broadcast the hungerstrike by the Guantanamo prisoners.

Today, the top world news on the BBC news site was the crackdown on the Belarus protesters. 200 protesters were removed after 5 days of protest. The news item gave coverage to why the opposition think the voting was rigged etc. Also at the end it asks anyone for pictures and films of the crackdown.

So why is it that a protest by 200 people in Belarus, gets such BBC coverage, but a crackdown on 200 Iranian women on women's day does not get a mention on the BBC news site? Why doesn't anyone in the BBC ask us for pictures and films of the event?

In Belarus, the candidates were not vetted by an unelected body, the opposition were allowed to contest the election. The Belarus authorities let the protesters who disputed the election results, to protest for 5 days before moving them, but all this gets mentioned by the BBC and I am not saying it shouldn't. Yet in Iran, where only approved candidates are allowed to stand and even then the votes are rigged and even then the interior minister publishes dubious figures where more than 100% of those eligible are shown to have voted in some districts, the BBC makes no mention of the flaws in the Islamic Republic "election" process?
What the BBC Didn't Report from Iran Elections

Complaint letters to the BBC editors by the likes of me will achieve very little if any. These wishy washy American hating editors are not persuaded by sound arguments in a letter, what we British Iranians need to do is an organised show of force where we burn our BBC TV licenses outside their studios and show them what we think of their biased "editorial judgment".

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