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  • Published at 11:59 pm May 2nd, 2019

Such an accusation misrepresents the Bangladeshi people

In a recent episode of the BBC show Impact, BBC News Religious Affairs correspondent Martin Bashir asserted that Bangladeshi’s ruling party, the Awami League, “have openly talked about persecuting Christians” in an effort to “scapegoat that minority community.” 

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

What is especially disappointing is that an institution as highly regarded as the BBC, with the resources required to test the veracity of claims such as these, allowed such a blatant lie to go unchallenged on air. 

The fact that the guest who voices such a blatant falsehood is BBC’s official religious affairs correspondent only makes it worse. 

This shows complete ignorance with regards to Bangladesh’s political climate and its current ruling party, who has worked hard to foster pluralism and secularism. 

To assert, then, that Awami League politicians have “galvanized their base by charging accusations against religious minorities,” be they Christian or otherwise, is a slap in the face of what Bangladesh, its people, and indeed its ruling party have accomplished in the last decade or so. 

Bangladesh has no doubt had its fair share of issues regarding violence against minorities. 

But to suggest that such violence is condoned by the government, let alone that it is part of its official modus operandi when it comes to garnering support from the masses misses the mark. Not to mention the fact that such an accusation misrepresents the Bangladeshi people in the most unjust manner possible. 

We had expected better of the BBC than to allow such falsehoods to go on air unquestioned.