BBC email exposes biased stance against democratically elected gov't after failed Gülenist coup
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJul 24, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 24, 2016 12:00 am
An e-mail circulated on social media revealed that the British broadcaster BBC was desperately looking for an interviewee that would be critical of the government, and speak against the current situation in Turkey.
The email, reportedly sent by James Bryant, a BBC World News producer, said that the broadcaster was 'struggling to find anyone in the country who is critical of what the government is doing', after the failed Gülenist coup attempt on July 15 against the country's democratically elected government.
"We're hoping to find someone here who might be willing to speak out against the current situation." the email says.
Meanwhile, Gülnur Aybet, a Professor of International Relations at Bahçeşehir University and the Director BAUCESS Center for Security Studies, also said in a series of tweets regarding BBC's attitude towards her during an interview.
"The BBC were quite rude to me this morning: "we know were u stand cos you haven't lost your job." What kind of journalism is that?," she said in her tweet.
"The BBC were also quite unprofessional when they introduced me as: "she thinks its a good idea that people lost their jobs" never said so," Aybet added.
In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt by the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) that killed at least 240 people and wounded over 1,500 others, the Western media has largely ignored the unity Turkish citizens put forward against the coup soldiers, in order to protect their democratic choices and people's will. Rather, they have been focusing on criticizing the elected government's response to the would-be putsch.
Britain's BBC aired a video saying that accused FETÖ head Fetullah Gülen "has millions of followers in Turkey," without mentioning the movement's 40-year infiltration of critical state institutions like the army, judiciary, security, and intelligence units and various bureaucratic institutions with a variety of identities, aiming to seize control of the state.
An article by the BBC headlined "Erdoğan: Turkey's ruthless president" described President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as one of the most divisive leaders in the history of modern Turkey, ignoring the fact that people from all sectors of the country and political creeds rushed to the streets to stop the illegal coup attempt that was aimed at overthrowing the elected government.