Landmine-Detecting Hero Cambodian Rat vs Landmine-Setting Coward Armenian “Rats” – Isn’t it the time for BBC to get their facts right?
In January 2000, Ilham Aliyev was invited to work for the BBC World Service in Britain. For 25 years now, he continues to work in various fields, mainly in education and health. The following letter he addressed to Sir Timothy Douglas Davie, the Director-General of British Broadcasting Corporation, in connection with the tragic death of two Azerbaijani journalists, who have lost their lives due to a landmine explosion in the Kalbajar region.
The landmines in the newly-liberated regions are the tragic aftermath of the nearly 30-year Armenian occupation. In gross violation of international law, all requests to provide the maps of landmine locations have been ignored by the Armenian side.
“Every discussion which is made from an egoistic standpoint is corrupted from the start and cannot yield an absolutely sure conclusion. The ego puts its own interest first and twists every argument, word, even fact to suit that interest.”
Paul Brunton (Rafael, Hurst), British Author
“If someone is the face of the BBC, entering into party politics seems to me not the right place to be.”
– Sir Timothy Douglas Davie CBE, Director-General, BBC
05 June 2021
RE: Landmine-Detecting Hero Cambodian Rat vs Landmine-Setting Coward Armenian “Rats” – Isn’t it the time for BBC to get their facts right?
It was with the greatest interest that I read this remarkable story about the gold-medal-awarded hero rat in Cambodia that saved lives by detecting 71 landmines over its five-year service before retiring with honours (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57345703).
The story deservedly remained amongst the leading headlines throughout most of the day in the BBC’s “World News” section on 4th June 2021.
Whilst amazed by the heroism of Magawa, rat the saviour, I was equally bemused that the cowardly act of murdering four civilians, two of whom were field journalists, on landmines set by Armenian infiltrators on the liberated lands of Azerbaijan was completely ignored by BBC on the same day.
I hear you saying that the BBC cannot physically cover every story, albeit tragic ones involving journalists, taking place around the world. And I would have agreed with you on this. However, the land where the said incident took place happens to be the same region of Azerbaijan where BBC’s Steve Rosenberg was literally crying his eyes out for the Armenian invaders, who, in his words: “were given less than a week” to leave after thirty years of illegal and bloody occupation
(see: S. Rosenberg, 12 November 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys2mpSuYh0U ).
Having completely skipped the Azerbaijani side of the story, Steve Rosenberg also “forgot” to add that Armenians were in fact burning down the Azerbaijani houses that they (Armenians) had invaded some thirty years ago. Rosenberg then ended his “masterpiece” by saying: “The only thing they (Armenians) can do is to make sure to leave nothing behind for Azerbaijan.” He might have as well added “except for landmines” to the end of his statement, which would have been the only true statement in his piece.
Very conveniently did Steve Rosenberg “forget” to mention the fact that the grace period given to Armenian militants to leave the occupied Azerbaijani territories was in fact extended to over a month, during which Steve Rosenberg’s “poor old” Armenians were cutting down and burning century-old forests, poisoning streams, creeks and rivers, and most treacherously setting landmines across the residential areas they had been illegally occupying for almost a third of the century.
He also chose not to mention that Armenian militants forced thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis to flee their historical homes in those areas in the middle of winter in early 1990s, without even letting them to collect bare essentials. A great number of those Azerbaijanis, mostly children, women and elderly, were later hunted down and slaughtered by Armenian militants, while some got frozen to death while attempting to cross high mountains.
All the Armenian atrocities of thirty years ago and those taking place in November 2020 were well documented by international institutions, and received wide coverage by a great variety of global media outlets, except for the BBC, unfortunately. Exactly the same way the BBC chose not to cover massive civilian destructions and hundreds of innocent deaths, when Armenian ballistic missiles shelled three cities of Azerbaijan well outside of the armed conflict areas last autumn.
The cowardly act perpetrated by the Armenian terrorists on 4 June 2021 took place on the lands that had already been cleared from their landmines after the 44-day war ended in November 2020, using the most advanced technology available in the modern world. There is no doubt that the landmines that took the lives of two journalists, and two other civilians on 4 June, were reset by Armenian infiltrators during one of their recent “excursions” into Azerbaijan since the liberation, which, incidentally, also caught the attention of BBC on 27 May 2020, albeit not to full extent (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57266297). Although seemingly impartial, this BBC story turned out to be somewhat pointless, as was the story with a very strong Armenian bias by Ismail Einashe, another creative writer for the BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-51672965 ) earlier in 2020.
Obviously custom-tailored to satisfy the ever-hungry Armenian ego, the BBC story is about how a “handful” Armenian community that started with just “40 refugee children that had escaped “genocide” by Ottoman Empire”, and settled in Ethiopia to grow to only 1,200 people by 1960s, then had an immeasurable “economic and cultural impact in the country,” and subsequently put the 112-million-strong Ethiopia on the map of the world, literally.
Having spoken to one Armenian priest there, Ismail Einashe finally reveals how the Armenians “made Ethiopia great again” but only towards the end of his story. As it turns out, those 40 Armenian refugee children made the “greatest contribution in the Ethiopian history” by…. forming “the imperial brass band of Ethiopia.” Ismail might have done very well in the eyes of his Armenian friends by using the word “genocide” and condemning the then Ottoman Empire in his piece, and using the BBC as a platform for the Armenian propaganda.
Unfortunately, your organisation is being used as a platform not only for propaganda but also to cover up some of the BBC journalists’ professional incapacity, too. You may have come across with an interview BBC’s Orla Guerin did with the President of Azerbaijan on 6 November 2020. If you have, it would have been the version of the interview that Orla Guerin masterfully montaged to save her face as a journalist from falling down with shame.
I have enclosed a link to a full version of the interview as broadcasted live on 6 November 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP98bXyWBdc ), and would humbly ask you to compare it to the cut-out version aired on the BBC three days later (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9paCEMyfiiY ). You may find a striking similarity in her lines of questioning in the opening with the famous interview of Sir Elton John by Mr Bean (Sir Rowan Atkinson), which you might have watched before.
Most interestingly, Orla Guerin decided to cut out the parts of her interview, where she was questioning the President of Azerbaijan on free media issues there. Obviously, having failed gravely with her made-up arguments, she decided not to air that part on the BBC altogether.
As a BBC journalist interviewing a head of a state, one would have thought that she would have done some reading into geopolitics of the region before setting off for a travel thousands of miles across the world only to fail miserably, and then cover it all up by editing her interview to fit her own agenda in the comfort of a BBC studio back in London.
For the BBC, a global organisation that seemingly stands up for the free media and rights of journalists worldwide, skipping the story about a cowardly act of killing of journalists and civilians in the time of peace seems very difficult to comprehend, to say the least. Especially when those journalists were killed on the landmines that are banned by the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty of 1997, signed after the tireless and selfless advocacy by late Princess Diana, the legacy of whom almost got destroyed, incidentally, by then BBC’s deceitful Martin Bashir.
Please forgive me for the long letter, Mr Davie. As a former BBC broadcaster, I listened to your inaugural speech back in September 2020, with a great hope. I was delighted to hear you saying that you were “prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action, all the way to termination” in relation to anybody, who are “ the face of the BBC,” “who break the impartiality rules.”
I equally found a great inspiration in your words: “I am the director general so I am now running the show, and in my view, party political statements are not the right thing for people to be making if they are part of an impartial news organisation.”
I am hoping that it will not be too long before this admirable vision of yours will filter down to all journalists, who present themselves as “the face of the BBC,” and will help to revive it as the once beloved Beeb, again.
Thank you and kind regards.