BBC will side with terrorists if that’s what it takes to strike Rwanda | New times
Last week, on September 24, the BBC’s Kinyarwanda service Gahuza Miryango published a bizarre story the day President Kagame traveled to Cabo Delgado to meet his Mozambican counterpart, President Nyusi.
The story – ostensibly about a Rwandan press conference in Mozambique which coincided with President Kagame’s visit – aimed at diverting the attention of President Kagame’s visit to the troops deployed there to fight against terrorist insurgents.
For the BBC, the fact that people are now back home and safe from the insurgents is not worth covering. The BBC doesn’t even bother to give the impression that it would rather side with terrorist insurgents than give Rwanda credit. But this is nothing new.
The title of an August 6 report “Insurgency in Mozambique: Rwanda leads the response” has already suggested that the BBC would side with the terrorists as the media could not help but conduct the introduction with sympathy for the insurgents. “A Rwandan force of 1,000 men was launched as soon as it was deployed in Mozambique to fight poor insurgents who carried out devastating attacks in the far north of the country, “the BBC wrote to the amazement of comments on social media regarding the intention to describe the terrorists as” poor insurgents “, wondering to whom the BBC should express sympathy in his reports. To terrorists? Or to their victims, whom the Rwandan and Mozambican forces had come to rescue?
The BBC apparently regretted what was happening to the terrorists, as if they had brought peace and prosperity to the people of Cabo Delgado, which RDF soldiers were about to destroy.
But the BBC has been consistent in its bland coverage of Rwanda. For the past two decades the BBC and the Rwandan government have been at loggerheads on the coverage of Rwanda, with the Kinyarwanda service of the former doing everything in its power to defeat the government’s efforts to fight ideology. of genocide in Rwandan society.
Time and again, its Saturday program Imvo n’Imvano hosted genocide deniers, and even fleeing genocide suspects, to spit hatred under the guise of participating in a “political debate.” This pro-genocide discourse would take a turn for the worse every April during the commemoration of the genocide.
After numerous letters of complaint to the management of the BBC which fell on deaf ears, the decision was taken to cut the BBC Kinyarwanda service from Rwandan airwaves following the recommendations of a commission of inquiry in March 2015. Rwanda had also complained about the close relations of BBC employees with many genocide ideologues who had been invited to speak on various broadcasts.
It was therefore not surprising that a BBC employee appeared in the legal proceedings of convicted terrorist Paul Rusesabagina. Ally Yusuf Mugenzi, the longtime host of the show Imvo n’Imvano was among those who helped frame the narrative which aimed to shift responsibility for killings of civilians in the Nyabimata attacks by terrorists in the government in what they planned to call “false flag operations”. This was before Carine Kanimba appeared on Al Jazeera in this choreographed performance (starts at 9’50) making similar allegations and proving that she was part of the plot to blame the Rwandan government for her father’s crimes.
Even if one had to admit that the press conference of Rwandans living in Mozambique deserved to be covered and that it was legitimate to overshadow President Kagame’s visit to the troops, the way the BBC decided to cover it ruled out this possibility. On the one hand, over the past decade there have been a number of incidents of Rwandans murdered in Mozambique. In October 2012, the body of Theogene Turatsinze, a businessman who had headed the Rwandan Development Bank (BRD) was found tied up and floating by the sea on the outskirts of Maputo.
In March 2016, there was an assassination attempt against the head of the Association of Rwandans in Mozambique, Louis Baziga. Three years later, in 2019, Baziga was this time murdered and among the three suspects arrested for the murder was Revocat Karemanguingo, himself murdered last month outside Maputo.
But it took the murder of a former soldier in the genocidal regime for the BBC to take these killings so seriously that it allowed an anonymous woman to casually claim without evidence that the killings of Rwandan refugees in Mozambique were carried out by Kigali. and that the international community should intervene – all “coinciding” with the visit of President Kagame.
Clearly, the timing of the press conference that the BBC chose to promote and the decision to pass on outrageous and baseless claims removes any doubt as to whether this was a legitimate journalistic endeavor.
The BBC is busy spending its energy against Rwanda, even if it leads its services to contradict itself. In May 2019, the BBC headlined “FLN chief Paul Rusesabagina says he was not deterred by the arrest of Major Callixte Sankara,” and a year earlier, in May 2018, they had written a other headline, “MRCD rebel group tells BBC it has been fighting Rwandan troops in Nyungwe for a month.
Yet, throughout Rusesabagina’s trial, they persisted with their “Hotel Hero” story. At no time did they take care of the victims of the now convicted terrorist. In addition, on the day of the conviction, the only person they could find to put the case and its conclusion into perspective was Carine Kanimba who then declared what would obviously be expected of a child whose parent is in the genre. of the situation in which Rusesabagina found himself, “I know my father will be found guilty” shouted the BBC headline, adding Carine’s plea that “the international community must act if convicted of terrorism-related offenses if it believes in human rights.”
This story, like that of the refugees in Mozambique, was intended to deflect attention from the justice system that victims of Rusesabagina’s terrorism, devastated by the loss of their loved ones, were about to finally obtain after years of waiting. Likewise, the return of the people of Cabo Delgado to normal life without the constant threat of insurgents was irrelevant to the BBC as long as they hit their target – President Kagame.