posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 03:38 PM
I may be jumping to conclusuions, so i ask for your opinions here.
At the moment on UK tv, BBC 2 is showing a documentary entitled "Execution of a teeage girl". It is a documentary about the public hanging in Iran
in 2004 of a 16 year old girl for "crimes against chastity". The only evidence was her own forced confessions.
So far they have spoken about the fact that this execution came after the Iranian government made laws saying that they would not execute anyone under
the age of 18.
I have only watched ten minutes so far and already i hate the Iranian government for what happened to that girl. The BBC has talked about nothing but
the diabolical ways Iran does things. Ten minutes is enough for me, i'm not watching the rest.
However, as it has done ever since joining ATS a while ago, my mind started wandering, and i started questioning the programme. Not it's content or
storyline so much, i know Iran can be as barbaric as many other countries in our world. It's the timing of the programme. Smack bang in the middle of
a time when there is nothing on our news channels except conflict in the middle east, with Iran, the big bad wolf waiting in the wings.
Don't get me wrong, i'm not feeling sorry for Iran or anything, but i just thought to myself that if i was instantly feeling distaste (i feel hate
is a very strong word) towards Iran in just a few minutes, how are the millions of British viewers who watch the whole programme going to feel at the
end of an hour?
I appreciate that this might just be a coincidence in it's timing. I appreciate that the various satellite channels are always showing documentarties
on international atrocities from past and present. However this is being aired on a tv channel that EVERY television owner in Britain has access to.
It just made me wonder whether or not the BBC just thought this would be an interesting topic for a relaxing thursday nights viewing, or whether
higher powers had other reasons for programmes like this being watched by so many?
I will be watching with interest over the coming weeks as to how many programmes on Iran are aired other than the normal news item.
Am i just jumping to conclusions, or does my suspicions hold any weight?