The BBC has been banned in Rwanda for airing a documentary that reveals “the Big Lie” told by Rwanda President Paul Kagame and his cronies about what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Kagame and his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) have for 20 years concealed their primary role in setting off the genocide – in which most victims were Hutus and not Tutsis, contrary to State propaganda amplified by international media and powerful Kagame-Power enablers. With the publication of a new book ‘Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later (The Real News Books, 2014), this “Big Lie” is being dismantled. By courtesy of Pambazuka News, we reproduce this article.
By Edward S Herman and David Peterson
On October 1, 2014, a remarkable event occurred in Britain. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)2’s ‘This World’ telecast ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’, a documentary produced by Jane Corbin and John Conroy that offered a critical view of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and of his and the British and U.S. roles in the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda and beyond.
Although the documentary adheres to some key longstanding falsehoods of the Anglo-American propaganda system’s treatment of the “Rwandan genocide,” above all the claim that in 1994 leaders of the country’s Hutu majority conspired to commit genocide against its Tutsi minority, nevertheless, we believe that the telecast of ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’ constituted a first of its kind in the reinterpretation of what really happened in Rwanda in 1994. And this is true not only for the BBC, but also for the rest of the establishment English-language television news media in Britain, the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. The BBC2’s reinterpretation works largely by providing airtime to well-informed figures conventionally marginalized within the establishment media.
Accordingly, ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’ is the story that they tell and that they would have been telling for many years, had they and their views not been systematically suppressed and even ridiculed and smeared by the establishment media, historians, and assorted political hacks from within the Kagame-Power Lobby. Among these newly admitted storytellers are [Dr] Theogene Rudasingwa and [Gen] Kayumba Nyamwasa, former high-ranking RPF associates of Paul Kagame now forced to live in exile for opposing his rule and seeking his downfall. “The price of being able to express a view that is even mildly critical or dissenting in Rwanda, the price is very high,” Rudasingwa, Kagame’s former chief-of-staff, tells Corbin. “Those who tried, journalists, have been killed, and others imprisoned or simply banished into exile.”