Anger against BBC in Rwanda

 
Published: Wednesday 31 October 2007

Many in Rwanda are incensed at the bbc for allowing genocide revisionists to use the network's programme to "mock" victims of their crimes.

The bitter reactions follow a 30-minute interview in which the president of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, Ignace Murwanashyaka, claimed there was no genocide. The rebel, whose outfit operates in eastern Congo, also revealed that Laurent Kabila, the former Congelese president, supplied ammunition to his group.

"It is absurd that the bbc gives floor to revisionists of the genocide, I wonder whether they reckon the fact that this is a crime in itself," Odette Nyiramirimo a member of Rwanda's senate said. "We recently reviewed several programmes aired by the bbc for the past one year and it was shocking to establish that the biggest percentage of airtime was given to sympathizers and supporters of the genocide," she said. Francois Ngarambe, a former president of ibuka a genocide survivors' organisation, said: "I think the bbc was not neutral on this issue." But some listeners said that it was interesting to hear Murwanashyaka admit Congolese help.

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