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BBC Somali services documentary on Somaliland lacks transparency, very poor, based on hatred, jealousy against Somaliland people and was four minute programme

On coincidences, I have come upon BBC Somali services so called documentary which according to me did not constitute any attraction to viewers, but contrary aimed to lead astray about Somaliland. When deeds speak, words are nothing, African Proverb. The first step binds one to the second, French Proverb.Internationally, there is benchmark to measure any type of services like documentary programmes. To deliver a good and compelling documentary review, it is important that you know how to make proper documentary. Documentaries can be both informative and entertaining; hence, making it quite enjoyable is common standard. When someone is willing to conduct like documentary programmes, there is standard protocol to follow to make the documentary attractive to viewers. Unfortunately, the situation did not match the minimum protocol required.

There were no interested features to watch. None of development gained in the country over a decade have been reported. None of the landmark and historic places of the country has not been visited. The documentary programmes lasted only four minutes. The four minute story aimed to deliver very bad picture and propaganda against Somaliland and as a result, it appears the documentary programmes have hidden intentions. The world has acknowledged Somaliland an island of peace and true model of African democracy, but the BBC Somali services has the culture closing their eyes the historic development in Somaliland. Documentary and non-fiction film are often based in reality, using words, images and sounds to convey a messages to attract viewers, but the current so called BBC documentary was contrary to the standard protocol of conducting documentaries.

In the past, BBC Somali services acted biased based hatred against Somaliland. People rely on journalist to report factual news in the ground. Sadly, most of the news and documentaries aired by BBC Somali services for Somaliland are biased, one sided and intended to spoil the flourishing image of Somaliland admitted and recognized by the international community. Somaliland is the only place where currencies are sold in the streets without security protection. Similar experiences never happen any spot on earth even the most stable countries in the world like the west.

BBC Somali services have never taken documentary programmes about the peace and democracy in Somaliland. The titles they known on Somaliland are based on hatred. The media affects our daily lives in numerous ways from television to radio to print. Media bias dates back to the early days of the newspaper and continues to this present day. There are many examples throughout history showing biased media.Certain media like the current one taken by BBC Somali services was aimed to spread bad image against flourishing image about Somaliland. Bias is a tendency to lean in a certain direction, often to the detriment of an open mind. Those who are biased tend to believe what they want to believe, refusing to take into consideration the opinions of others. To truly be biased, it means you’re lacking a neutral viewpoint or reality in the ground like BBC Somali services. Bias, prejudice and discrimination all live under the same roof. Success makes so many people hate you.

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat, Henry Emerson Fosdick. Hate less mean live longer. Hatred is a cold fire, and it gives no warmth, Hatred unlocks no doors in heaven. Hate misleads, fear distorts and love blinds. BBC Somali services felt jealousy about Somaliland progress, peace and democracy which are short from the rest of horn of Africa. Jealousy arises apprehending loss of affection. Jealousy is defined as an envious or bitter attitude. Jealousy is fear of comparison. Jealousy is natural feeling, but very often it is a reason for groundless disturbance. Friends and enemies are two different things in the world. Enemies are the opposite of friends. Enemies are people who you can’t trust, and you should try to keep them out of your life. If cared for, they might try to ruin your life, by telling lies.

Friends are people you can rely on, someone who you can tell your secrets to, the person who will be there in hard times, a shoulder to cry on. Friends are the people you can keep close, the ones you can trust. Friends, people who you can trust to keep you safe, but enemies, people who hurt you emotionally. The BBC programmer has considered the standard of coffee price in Hargeisa as 10 dollars which is far from the reality in the ground. The bottom line is, in view of above, Somaliland people should be caution about future BBC prpgrammes about Somaliland.

Ismail Lugweyne

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