BBC – do your fact checking!

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

bbc-tun-wells Enter a captionKurdish and solidarity activists demonstrate outside BBc offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 9th November, 2016

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN

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We are concerned about the BBC’s coverage of the Raqqa operation, which oscillates between false and negligent.

We urge the BBC to stick to rigorous fact checking, and not base its news coverage on incomplete and biased reports, before spreading news such as seen last week, claiming that ‘it is problematic that the predominantly Kurdish forces, with the help of the US, are making a push for Raqqa, which is mainly Arab, as the Kurds have been known to expel Arabs from the villages that they have liberated.’ This claim is based on a report by Amnesty International from October 2015. If the BBC references this report, it should also consider the Rojava administration’s response to it and consult other experts on the issue.

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