18:09 May. 13, 2016
BBC asked not to use term ‘civil war' when it comes to Russian aggression in Ukraine
Ukrainian deputies, representing the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Freedom of Speech, and the Committee on European Integration, urged the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) not to call Russian aggression in Ukraine a ‘civil war.'
The MPs published an address to the BBC executives, in which they draw attention to the fact that the term ‘civil war' was used in BBC's documentary "The Conspiracy Files: Who shot down MH17?" and in the article by Mike Rudin describing the film.
"Russian aggression in Ukraine began over two years ago and the usage of incorrect terms can no longer by justified by the lack of evidence or understanding," parliamentarians said in the letter.
The authors of the address expressed their respect to the ‘role of the BBC in promoting freedom of speech' and the highest standards of journalism the BBC followed for decades, but at the same time they asked not to ‘repeat Russian propaganda slogans'
Since there is mounting evidence of regular Russian army operations in Ukraine's Donbas, the deputies stressed the ‘civil war' is a biased and misleading term that can only harm BBC's high-standing reputation.