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Ron F



Joined: 14 Jan 2004
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Post Post subject: Letter/reply from BBC re. Guy Philippe and Haitian army Reply with quote

My letter -
re. "Haiti rebels 'to fill power gap'"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3527243.stm

Dear BBC,

Your (unattributed) article states that -

"Rebel leader Guy Philippe has said he will take charge of Haiti's military".

Had your correspondent even the most cursory knowledge of Haiti s/he would know that the Haitian military was officially disbanded in 1986, largely to the relief of the people whom it had been busy killing and terrorising under the tyrrany of the US backed Duvalier regimes.

The fact that the army may now be reconstituted under control of armed thugs who ousted an elected leader at gunpoint, together with the likely return of the murderous Duvalier, bodes extremely ill for the country.

Your misleading coverage completely obscures this distinct possibility.

Best regards Ron F.


And the BBC's reply -

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email. We were repeating the comments of Guy Phillipe in this story, not reporting them as fact. Thank you for your interest in the BBC News website.

Regards
BBC News Online

When the steam coming out of my ears stops obscuring my screen I shall send them a reply.
Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:22 pm
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Ron F



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Post Post subject: Here's my reply to the BBC Reply with quote

Dear BBC Online,

Many thanks for your prompt reply.

Is it really the BBC's remit to report the misleading comments of armed thugs who overthrow democracies without any corrective - like facts? Would you indulge Osama bin Laden in such fashion?. Surely reporting the fact that Haiti has no official military - for good reason - is vital for understanding what Guy Philippes comments actually mean?

Best regards,
Ron F
Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:24 pm
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CelticMist



Joined: 14 May 2004
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And?

Did you get another reply??

or did the steam coming out your ears vaporize it completely?
Sat May 15, 2004 12:55 am
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