Instead of being bullish, the BBC should eat humble pie (Arthur Asiimwe, Rwanda Broadcasting Corporation ex ORINFOR in The New Times)
« When you examine the kind of people that the BBC chose to use in their documentary, you wonder what was going on in their mind. The list reads who is who in terms of Rwanda’s sworn enemies, criminal convicts, disgruntled political figures and renowned Genocide deniers.
Out of the 12 interviews conducted in the documentary, 11 fall within the category. They consume 23.25 minutes compared to only one minute given to a Genocide survivor. »
Arthur Asiimwe, Rwanda Broadcasting Corporation in The New Times.
« Rwanda’s sworn enemies » !
Being anti-RPF régime or even anti Kagame doesn’t make automatically Kayumba Nyamwasa or Theogene Rudasingwa « enemies of Rwanda ». Inyangarwanda ? Are they criminal convicts ? They were heroes until recently ! Genocide deniers ? Who ? Rudasingwa, Kayumba, Gahima ?
Even the Belgian academic Filip Reyntjens doesn’t deny the genocide of the Tutsis.
Where we personally disagree with the documentary is about the » American scholars » speculating on the figures of Tutsi victims. Reyntjens also clearly distanced himself with the wild speculations.
As to discussing who shot Habyarimana’s plane and whether RPF troops under general Kagame could have done more to rescue genocide victims, it’s not genocide denial but trying to know what happened exactly.
Where we also disagree with the method, is when they just say « Believe me, I know he knows I know he did it ».
Amazingly, BBC is criticized for having interviewed only « enemies of Rwanda » and one genocide survivor ! No « friend of Rwanda ». The BBC producers asked for interviews with government of Rwanda. In vain they say.
How else could it be ? Where could you find a friend of the current regime willing to discuss in a documentary the possibility that President Kagame may have shot his rival’s plane down when a genocide was a clear and imminent risk ? Who among friendly circles would agree to give his view on the wild hypothesis that Kagame’s troops allowed « mass collateral damages » in order to seize power ?
It’s alleged that some said « on ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser les œufs« .
Another baseless, unsubstantiated rumor ?
Beaucoup plus que 200 mille Tutsis sont morts en 1994 NKB, 28/10/2014)
Filip Reyntjens et le 6 avril 94: Kagame toujours suspect n°1 (NKB, 21/10/14)
Rwanda’s Untold Story de la BBC: des carabistouilles ! (NKB, 19/10/2014)
Kagame a-t-il arrêté ou accéléré le génocide des Tutsis ? (NKB, 04/10/2014)