Open letter to the BBC Shame on BBC By Fikir Yibeltal

November 20th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

There are six things that Yahweh hates,

seven that his soul abhors:

A haughty look, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that weaves wicked plots,
feet that hurry to do evil,
A false witness who lies with evry breath,
a man who sows dissension among brothers.
Proverbs 6: 16-19

Some thirty years back, when I was a teacher, my students used to write ‘BBC’ on the corner of the blackboard. Before I was told its real acronymic value, at my first appearance in the class I said, “Oh! Great, it means you talk about the major news of the day from the BBC, yea? That is good, you see, it widens your worldview.” When I was saying this, they all laughed at me, not maliciously in fact, and one of them told me that it represented “ Black Board Cleaner.” I don’t forget that day on which I was ridiculed by my own students.

I don’t mean now that the job of the BBC we know, the British Broadcasting Corporation, is cleaning the black board; it has more serious responsibility than that which is rather smearing the black continent with a charcoal of injustice and unfairness. They have to be proud of this. Truth be told, originally its mission must have been to serve justice through a fair and unbiased presentation of news and other media programs. But in practice, it seems it is doing the opposite. We the majority of Ethiopians or I, one of the oppressed majority, in the least, am absolutely disappointed by the oft-reiterated partiality of this gigantic corporation which has become very much obvious nowadays.

Worse than ever, I am dumbfounded by the courageous move the BBC has taken to pin the last nail on the coffin of Ethiopia that has been designed and carpentered by nihilistically paranoid EPRDF with the blessing of foreign forces. These foreign entities can be characterized by megalomania and irreligiousness and they always try to shed crocodile’s tears overtly while on the other hand covertly work with despots to bring about the demise of poor nations through their stooges. The news coverage that the BBC has aired recently is really a nefarious act of spreading salt on the wound of Ethiopia and her innocent people who have been known for their best hospitality especially to foreigners like the ferenjis; it is neither easily forgotten nor forgivable. It is absolutely enigmatic as to how and why the BBC has dared to take risk in this non-profiting rather demeaning business. Apart from the ostensible unity of communal objective or goal between EPRDF and the BBC to see Ethiopia dismantled and impoverished in the way she has been experiencing especially as of 1991, I sense a sort of corruptibility amongst the personnel involved in this gargantuan millennial scandal. It is highly fishy. None of us who know Ethiopia well can by all means buy the news or the allegation by the BBC that “currently, Ethiopia is one of the FOUR world countries which are growing faster than all other states. And this kind of uniquely fastest growth was registered for the first time in the history of nations in this world by China some twenty years back. …” This is really ridiculous and it can be taken for granted that this ‘news’ could be enlisted in Guinness Book of Records as the first farcical fairy tale composed by the BBC staffer(s). Wonderful, hooray BBC! I recommend BBC – British Biasful Corporation – as sole candidate for this year’s Nobel Prize allotted for Romanticist Literature.

Seriously speaking, BBC must get ashamed of this news and has to apologize sooner rather than later. The world knows where Ethiopia is now by simply realizing that she is regrettably no where! A renowned news station such as the BBC shouldn’t then belittle itself just to satisfy the ego of either the despots at home or the non-ethical money-monger journalists, whatever the case may be. I personally have never been ashamed of anything private or otherwise in such astonishing extent. Well, guys, we have to know that we live once in this earthly location, we had better eat at least once a day for the sake of survival, when possible we don anything that can rid of cold; and whether we like it or not we will be forced to leave this planet for secula seculorum, just for good, just willy nilly. Look, if this is the case, how on earth could some of us, mortal beings, deny the stark reality for the sake of gaining something to eat and to indulge ourselves in material enjoyment? Where is our spirituality? Where is our self conscience? Where is our self esteem? How can we claim to be differing from other animal brothers and sisters, while we know that many of them outsmart us in various aspects such as honesty, non-corruptibility, and naturalness? By the way, what will we have to enjoy when we sleep at night before we are temporarily taken to the realm of the little brother of death? Do you think the evil that we do in the days will slip into our mind at nights and give us spiritual exultation and leave us in peace to have a nice sleep? No! I suppose, we suffer in a way the BBC journalist(s) along with their masters in Addis are suffering by now. These muttonheaded ‘journalists’ are guillotining the profession they consider to be part. There is no difference between these so called journalists and the Al Qaeda who behead people for the simple reason that they are Christians or people from the western hemisphere. The only difference is, in the case of the former the spilling of the blood is not seen in a physical manner while in the latter it does so on the soil or the floor.

I don’t have time and patience now to google the net and support my letter with alarming ordinal numbers incorporated in the reports and research papers of various international groups that break or reveal Ethiopia as one of the top ten in every worst scenario such as poverty, immigration, ethnic tension, per capita income, Multiple Development Index(MDI?), democracy and good governance, corruption, &c. Let the BBC check it, if they pretend not to have known anything else about the current situation of Ethiopia other than the ‘pie in the sky’ sort of news they have in their hands. Apart from this head splitting reality about my country, I personally can assure you that Ethiopia is by no means one of the four fastest growing nations in the world; in fact among others, I have one recent information that she stood 106th out of 110 countries of the world in something, it doesn’t matter whatever that something is. I say this not because I dislike the current nameless regime, it is simply because the facts on the ground are diametrically different from the facts in the offices of the BBC and the pathological liar PM Meles Zenawi, be sure, he cannot survive even for a fraction of a second without lying. Don’t take me wrong, I presume that 99.6 percent of the ingredient he is made of must be lie itself. By the way, when I say nameless here above I mean, with respect to nomenclature, all the terms we have up until now to address such an arrogant and ignorant ruling system fail to express the mannerism of EPRDF. I recommend that the world has to coin new lexeme to express the cruelty and unique nature of some individuals like Gaddafi, Bashir Al Assad, Abdella Saleh, and Meles Zenawi who everlastingly will remain to be the black sheep of human race. The terms we already have have turned to be worn-out and hence have become incapacitated to hold the entire linguistic and non-linguistic pragmatic meaning of the untold atrocity these dead or alive crooked citizens do inflict upon their subjects. We have to know that even words are liable to old age and consequently to death. I cannot, for example, call HE Mr. Meles Zenawi DICTATOR; he is more than that. I cannot call most of the EPRDF vanguard members ‘people without national sentiment’; they are far beyond more than that. Mind you, no leader of any nation has ever written a letter to the UN in favor of the secession of ‘his own territory’ and purposely made ‘his country’ landlocked! (Landlocked-ness is not my issue here, focus on the reality not on utility) No leader of any nation has ever instigated one ethnic group over the other and as a result, if not for the divine intervention from the Almighty, tried to open the Pandora’s Box in ‘his own country’. We could go on recapping what has been said zillions of times hitherto. I don’t think this public secret is hidden from the west or the east or the north or the south; it is because it is purposely made to be ‘is’. But we should realize that what is now shall come to be what is not later, God willing.

BBC! Get aware of what is simmering in the minds of millions of Ethiopians following the preposterously funny news your mega corporation bellowed this week. Know this: self-righteousness and hypocrisy do take you no where. Neither does chauvinism. I cannot prove you now the un-provable. I cannot tell you now anew the reward of lying either; you perfectly know it. It is DEATH, for the bible says the prize for our sin is death. The BBC, and all other liars in or out of the media, please meditate to bring back your sane conscience, the conscience departed from you not to see your filthy and mendacious behavior, so that you could be able to detach yourselves from such hellish prison which definitely will deprive you of the right to be legitimate heirs of the sensible and rational world to come. It seems you are wading in darkness. Surprising, of all the countries in the world, how could the BBC declare the ‘overwhelming fact’ that ‘Ethiopia is one of the four fast growing nations in the world.’? This is my last impression I would like to put into the mind of the BBC staff so much so that it remains echoing until they come to their conscience and realize the blunder they made on the people of this old great nation which was one of the FOUR civilized nations in this planetary world before even the United States of America was discovered yesterday in ca. 1994 by Christopher Columbus. The BBC can renarrate this real history of Ethiopia instead of airing white lies fabricated by the propagandists of the EPRDF….

God, hear me as I make my plea,
protect me from this frightening enemy,
hide me from the wicked and their schemes,
from this mob of evil men,

sharpening their tongues like swords,
shooting bitter words like arrows,
shooting them at the innocent from cover,
shooting suddenly, without warning,

urging each other on to their wicked purpose,
they discuss where to hide their snares.
‘Who is going to see us?’ they say
‘Who can probe our secrets?’
Who? He who probes the inmost mind
and the depths of the heart.
God will shoot them with his own arrow,
wound them without warning.
He will destroy them for that tongue of theirs,
And all who see them fall will shake their heads.
The Psalms, 64: 1 – 8

  1. Adanech
    | #1

    Dear Fikir Yibeltal

    I am not sure what planet you are residing may be you are in LALA LAND

    Before criticizing BBC you could have taken a few hours to refresh your mind to the following efforts by BBC.

    A)Following the 2005 post election violence BBC broadcasting continuously the mascara of innocent civilians by Woyane mercinaries which put a lot of heat on Agazi leader

    B)BBC was and is the only international broadcasting agency that exposed the TPLF leaders diverting Food Aid Money for purchasing Armament , This issue brought international attention about the true crimes of Woyane long before the came to power.

    C)Just this week BBC Broadcasted to the world the death of the young Ethiopian Activist teacher Yenesew who ended his life by burring his body to protest the Woyane repression & BBC is the only international media who did broadast this news to the world.

    Dear Fikir Yibeltal
    If your name (FIKIR YIBELTAL) has any meaning to your thinking process , insulting BBC is a almost supporting AGAZI Woyane. None of us support BBC financially but they have always tried to their best to expose Woyane crimes so lets have some civility to say Thank You for such free services.

    But if you have the courage and time you should write OPEN LETTER to ETV, AIGA & WALTA telling them to shut their fat ass forever.

    Thank you -BBC
    Thank you -ESAT
    Thank You -VOA

    Meles will go dawn just as Gaddafi

  2. Zenebe
    | #2

    BBC and aljazeera always focus on American and European issues. I don’t know why they ignore African affairs. Aljazeera is actually far better than BBC. for example it is covering the secod revolution of Egypt today in breaking news. They are more responsible than the BBC or other western tvs such as skykews or ABC news. But BBC is usually focusing on western news. this open letter may be a good awakenr if they heed . but could they read it? and do they care for it at all? I don’t know. anyhow it is good to try to say anything one feels.

  3. Ashenafi
    | #3

    My friend do you believe in the LORD,the God of Abraham Issac and Jacob so ddo I.Look there is such a thing JUST WAR against evil.I will run out of words to describe what takes place in Ethiopia in the last tweenty years.I take though ,the evil that I speek most of it takes place in the open.

    TPLF is a part of big internationl cabal.there are group of people who are already working tao bring about the anti Christ rul upon the planet.These are peoplewho believe not the God aof the bible byt Lusefer appears tao me the stage is set to that final battle between the Yehwe and the agents of satan.Their mantara is the new wworld order.Which might mean one world currencey,one religion,one leader etc.But above all to bring about the entire global socity Under techniological control.The only way that these internationl cabals that can bring about such a global political,economic and security order under their grip is by courting with non patriotic bandas and tyrants as melese. In Ethiopia the damage is already done,the only thing what is left now is to bring TPLF run bank under the control of IMF.The NGO’S ,who act as foot soldiers of the international bankers have already done the dammage through vaccination and feedint our people with their genetically engineered food.
    What is more alarmingis the fact we the people are unwilling to raise our liberating army opposing the forces that are arrayed aginst Ethiopia.Look the report of BBC or the British and U.S government support to one of the worst tyrant in history cn oly be explained with the fact that, the powers that be favor Melese and his party because they are part of international mercenary cabal.That is he has a small role tro play in advancing their agenda.
    Still more there is conspiracey among the oppostion itself.The groups who like us believe siding with EPLF to ouset melese are emnemies of our people and I believe they too are part of the conspiracey in the over all strategy.Therfore the first task need to be to know who the real enemy is.The second task must be to believe in GOD as well as in the collective will of Ethiopians to liberatae themselves.Finally,believe it is God’s wwill to stand up in defence of the poor and the help less of multitude Ethiopians.Third we need an aARMY OF THE PEOPLE THAT CAN BE TRAINED FEED,AND ARMED TOLIBERATE THIS COUNTRY. The reason we seem noto make head way aginst the enemy is the fact we don’t have militant attitude.My last word the idea of democracey undeer the p-resent ruler is pie in the sky.First liberate Ethiopiua through a ,EPRP style,multi national army.We can apply democracy within this army and the party that will lead it and victory with out any shadow of doubt will be ours.
    Israel,South Africa and neighboring countries are all potential fields awaiting to be utilized.We need to gather former Derg gemnerals and EPRP commanders to set this task force,from there on the young generation will lead it to the end of the line.

  4. Gigi
    | #4

    BBC is not thinking or denying about majority of Ethiopian people in the dungeon of poverty and isolation, deprivation, starvation, systematic colonization that Ethiopia is facing or dealing with to day. May be it is an Indian or Pakistan owned BBC.
    May be a Chines too? You never know.

  5. Gigi
    | #5

    Meles Zenawi may be some kind of Lenin. A socialist any ways.

    Solomon Tekaligne………..The mojehhadissyt
    Who Controled Egypt and Sudan and killed King Yohanise, Tekile Hayimanot
    Of Gijam and a lot of the Ethiopian people.

  6. wey guud
    | #6

    Mr Fikir Yibeltal,

    You seem too extreme to me to go beyond insulting BBC. BBC does post good ones on Ethiopia in fact mostly. I think you are definitely Shaebia or TPLF/pro Meles posing as pro Ethiopian against Meles. Do you know why? You are accusing EPRDF without mentioning Meles and TPLF. You wrote this letter to attack BBC so that BBC will have negative view on Ethiopians that is why. You Shaebia/TPLF/Weyane/Meles are now resorting literally to bring hate to Ethiopia and Ethiopians from the world. We know your tactics. We Ethiopians should write apologies to BBC no matter what ever they post on Ethiopia. The reason you are definitely TPLF/Meles/Weyane/Shaebia/Pro Essayas is because you carefully repeatedly show to BBC the evil government is EPRDF (as you perfectly know EPRDF is just rubber stamp of TPLF/Meles/Weyane) you were careful not to mention the TPLF/Meles/Weyane as the main regime who caused Ethiopia’s debacle and shame on you! We know your agenda.

  7. hailmichael
    | #7

    actually they (BBC)destorted the reality in usual meles must have given some money(ethiopian blood) to the reporter and editors who sell the great and noble profession for trash money.otherwise the BBC as a whole should not be condemned in such a way that its the enemy of ethiopian people.we shouldnt forget the recent investigative reports against the meles would be much better if the writer justifies what he meant by condemining to such extent.

  8. aha!
    | #8

    Despite the lack of a balanced report about the good, the bad and the ugly about BBC reporting, he has underscored one aspect where the BBC reporting cooroborating an inflated GDP reporting of TPLF/eprdf regime and that BBC does not have a qualm about the most contentious ideologies of ethnic fereralism, secessionism and totaliarinsm, together with the lack of independent branches of the goverment, that gave the Executive Branch the upperhand to draft anti-terrorist law through its rubber stamped parliament and adujucated by its rubber stamped judiciary on arbitrary detentions.

  9. wey guud
    | #9

    those who gave comments above,

    Are you getting what the so called Fikir Yibeltal writing? Perhaps it is okay to criticize BBC based on their reporting but it is extreme. What you guys is not getting it and not reading in between the lines of the author’s intentions should tell you he is TPLF/Shaebia? Why? He never mentioned TPLF/Weyane/Meles as the main government who are creating havoc on Ethiopians and you should ask why the writer repeatedly mentioning EPRDF without mentioning TPLF/Weyane. It is absurd.

  10. aha!
    | #10

    wey guud, you may have a point, where distributes the blame of ethnic fereralism, secessionism and totalirinism to EPRDF rather than to TPLF as its major architect, eprdf in small letters are only used as cover to prop up the constitution and holding on to ethnic federalism of self rule and separate but unequal development and unequal rights to which the newly formed coalition OPDF/EDUF/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf with ethnic agenda are engaging the regime according to recent press release and interviews is nothing more than a reform over ethnic fereralism, secessionism and totaliarinsm left intact to say the least that no mention was made about the question of the abscence of the independent branches of government to preside over Judicial cases and to draft legislatures that donot entice to ani-terrorist law for dissent of opinion with TPLF/eprdf regime.

  11. Elias
    | #11

    Wey guud, why don’t you write something didactic instead of character defanation? He could be habia or tplf, so what? cant’t he speak as human being? what matters is what he speaks. be human. try to tell us something against his ideas not againist what he is. Ok, he is woyane, can’t he say anything he like to say if you have a right to say anything you want to say? I think he can say what he wants to say. you don’t have to act like him, if at all he is woyane. it shows that you too will oppress those you label as woyannes if you will have any politivcal power. Don’t act like that please brother or sister. You are more offended by what he is instead of what he says. This really something we all should detest. focus on ideas please. i was nervous when i read your firt comment, and now you repeated. why? it is really irritating while we have many thing to bother about.

  12. yes
    | #12


    Thanks for the comment. It wasn’t meant to attack the character but as I mentioned reading in between the lines. I hope you believe there is such a thing as PROPOGANDA that is used to defame certain groups and protect for the self interest. In this case his target not who he is lead me to believe that people who repeatedly mention eprdf are spreading the propoganda that the manin architect of Ethio government is eprdf when eprdf is nothing, see aha’s point above, but rubber stamp of TPLF. One should ask then yes, I may agree to some point however his repeated anger at bbc that is extreme will do nothing but hurt Ethiopia and Ethiopians. This is not ope critic. The other one is his main target is eprdf and not tplf

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