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Rwanda MPs Condemn BBC Untold Story Programme on Genocide

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Rwanda MPs condemn BBC Untold Story programme on genocide Ther e are numerous memorials around Rwanda to those killed in the genocide 23 October 2014 Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which uestioned official accounts of the 1!!4 genocide in the country It approved a resolution calling on the government to ban the BBC in Rwanda and to charge the documentarymakers with genocide denial! t least #$$%$$$ people died in the genocide! The BBC has denied t
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  Rwanda MPs condemn BBC Untold Story programme on genocide Ther e are numerous memorials around Rwanda to those killed in the genocide 23 October 2014  Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which uestioned official accounts of the 1!!4 genocide in the country It approved a resolution calling on the government to ban the BBC in Rwanda and to charge the documentarymakers with genocide denial!  t least #$$%$$$ people died in the genocide!The BBC has denied that any part o& the programme constitutes a 'denial o& the genocide against the Tutsi'!Those killed in the genocide are generally believed to be mostly members o& the minority ethnic Tutsi group% and (utus opposed to the mass slaughter!The BBC programme Rwanda% The Untold Story% includes interviews with USbased researchers who say most o& those killed may have been (utus% killed by members o& the thenrebel Rwandan Patriotic )ront *RP)+% which has been in power since ,--.!The programme also included interviews with &ormer aides o& RP) leader President Paul /agame% accusing him o& plotting to shoot down the presidential plane  the act seen as triggering the slaughter!(e has consistently denied previous such accusations!Paul /agame0s Rwandan Patriotic )ront *RP)+ has been in power since the genocide  ended #unishable crime The resolution was approved at a rare 1oint sitting o& Rwanda0s two houses o& parliament!BBC news reports recall how the genocide un&olded  bout ,2$ protesters had earlier delivered a letter at the BBC o&&ice in the capital /igali&or its 3irector 4eneral% Tony (all! They said the documentary was an attempt to revise the history and &acts o& the genocide% and disrespected the memory o& those who had died! Rwandan genocide$ ã 5 pril ,--.6 President 7uvenal (abyarimana is killed when his plane was shot down on returning &rom peace talks with Tutsi RP) rebels ã 8 pril6 It is not clear who is behind the shooting but it sparks the systematic mass killing o& mainly Tutsis by e9tremist (utu militia and military elements ã   pril7uly6 n estimated #$$%$$$ Tutsis and moderate (utus are slaughtered ã RP) denies accusations they killed thousands o& (utus as they marched through the country ã 7uly6 RP) captures the capital% /igali ã 7uly6 Two million (utus &lee to :aire% now 3R CongoThe resolution said the programme0s producer and presenter% as well as those interviewed &or the documentary% should be charged with genocide denial  a punishable crime in Rwanda!In a recent statement% the BBC said it had a duty to investigate di&&icult and challengingsub1ects and believed the programme was a valuable contribution to the understanding o& the tragic history o& the country and the region!The BBC also said several attempts to get the Rwandan government to respond to theallegations &or the programme had not been taken up!Mr /agame comes &rom the minority Tutsi group! Posted by Thavam
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