This is a copy of the Complaint
I made to the BBC the BSC and the BCC concerning the programme
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I am writing to complain about an item on The
Travel Show transmitted on 30/5/96 at 2100hrs on BBC2 that was
promoting ILLEGAL TRAVEL TO TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTH CYPRUS.
How can the BBC justify broadcasting this programme
and encouraging people to travel to north Cyprus when the north
has been ethnically cleansed of Greek Cypriots by Turkey.
None of the 200,000 refugees are allowed to
return to their ancestral homes and villages in the north and
those Greek Cypriots that chose to remain in the peninsular are
continually experiencing human rights violations and are not allowed
to worship freely or move freely in the north. Turkey continues
to illegally station an army of over 30,000 in the north making
it the most heavily militarised region in the world.
I am a Greek Cypriot and I found the programme
Offensive, Inaccurate, Biased against the Greek Community and
cultural heritage of north Cyprus and Ignorant of the atrocities
carried out by Turkey.
My argument is expressed bellow
I and my family as well as every other Greek
Cypriot are unable to return to our homes in the north and I have
never seen my parents homes and villages in the north as I was
born in England and I am not permitted by Turkey to enter north
Cyprus because I am Greek Cypriot in origin. If I attempted to
do so I would be arrested by the Turkish forces and neither I
nor the British ambassador could guarantee my safety.
How then can this programme purport to encourage
tourism to occupied Cyprus when the legitimate residents of the
north, the displaced Greek Cypriots and their descendants cannot
The programme illegally attempted to give legitimacy
to the Turkish Occupation which Has been condemned by the United
Nations in over 100 resolutions of both the General Assembly and
the Security Council.
UN Resolution 541 (1983)
- "Deplores the declaration of the Turkish Cypriot authorities
of the purported secession of part of the Republic of Cyprus;"
- " Considers the declaration refereed to above as legally
invalid and calls for its withdrawal;"
- " Calls upon all states to respect the sovereignty,
independence, territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic
- " Calls upon all states not to recognise any Cypriot
state other than the Republic of Cyprus;"
UN Resolution 550 (1984)
- " Reaffirms the call upon all States not to recognise
the purported state of the "Turkish Republic of Northern
Cyprus" set up by secessionist acts and calls upon them not
to facilitate or in any way assist this the aforesaid secessionist
Since these resolutions reaffirm all the resolutions
that went before them, and all the resolutions passed after these
resolutions reaffirm the above resolutions. Violating one resolution
is a violation of every resolution. The resolutions include:
UN General Assembly Resolution 3212 (XXIX)
UN Security Council Resolution 365 (1974)
UN Security Council Resolution 367 (1975)
UN General Assembly Resolution 37/253 (1983)
UN Security Council Resolution 541 (1983)
UN Security Council Resolution 550 (1984)
UN Security Council Resolution 649 (1990)
- Since the BBC is a state run organisation
paid for by state taxation (the licence fee) the BBC has violated
the above resolutions as well as every other UN resolution on
Cyprus by supporting tourism of the illegal "Turkish Republic
of Northern Cyprus" and by referring to north Cyprus by the
Turkish name thus assisting the entity, which is not recognised
(neither the name or the entity) by the UN nor Great Britain.
- By showing illegally occupied Greek
villages, buildings, homes, hotels and farm land in the north
the BBC and the Programme again violated every relevant UN resolution
and caused me and other Greek Cypriots great offence.
After the illegal invasion of 1974 the UN imposed
a ban on all direct flights to or from occupied Cyprus and the
advertisement of such flights. All countries including Turkey
have to abide by this ban. The authorities in north Cyprus are
not allowed to issue visas and any illegally issued visas are
not recognised by any other country except Turkey.
- The programme encouraged travellers
to stop off in Turkey after visiting occupied Cyprus and thus
the BBC violated the spirit of the ban on flights, (the ban was
actually violated by the Turkish aircraft that was used in the
process of entering and leaving Cyprus).
- All relevant UN resolutions were again
violated by the BBC because the BBC by showing scenes of tourism
inferred legitimacy on Turkeys illegal claim on the north.
- The ban on advertising was violated
because the programme showed the Names and Addresses of travel
operators that sold these illegal flights.
- No mention was made that Turkey was
violating the ban by allowing the flights to takeoff and land
on its territory.
In 1994 the European Court of Justice passed
a judgement that banned all trade with occupied north Cyprus unless
permission was given by the legal government of the Republic of
Cyprus and the trade entered or left Cyprus by
official ports and airports. The only official
ports as stated by the government of Cyprus are Larnaka, Larnaka
Airport, Limasol, Paphos and Paphos Airport. All others including
Kyrinia and the Turkish airfield near Nicosia are illegal. The
only legal way for people, trade and humanitarian aid to enter
north Cyprus is via the UN controlled demarcation line border
Since Turkey has now obtained Customs Union
with the EU it has to abide by all European Union Laws regarding
- By supporting tourism to occupied Cyprus,
entering by unauthorised routs and without the permission of the
Cyprus Government the programme and the BBC thus violated European
- By mentioning the names of Travel Agents
the BBC was an accomplice to the breaking of the law by those
- The Reporter Was breaking international
Law by entering Northern Cyprus by an unproved route and without
a Cypriot Government Visa. He broke the EU approved trade ban
by paying for the holiday, by paying for a room in an illegal
hotel, by purchasing food that was grown on illegally occupied
land, and by driving a vehicle that was not officially licensed
by the Cyprus Government.
- The programme did not say that the Turkish
Authorities in North Cyprus do not have any Legal Validity, and
the "Government" of the so called "Turkish republic
of northern Cyprus" has no international validity and neither
does the name of the occupied region nor do any of the Turkified
names of Greek Cypriot villages in North Cyprus.
- The programme did not mention the 30,000
Turkish troops still stationed illegally in north Cyprus in violation
of UN resolutions.
The European Commission of Human Rights, Report
- "Having found violations of a number of Articles of
the Convention, the Commission notes that the acts violating the
Convention were exclusively directed against members of one of
two communities in Cyprus, namely the Greek Cypriot community.
It concludes by eleven votes to three that Turkey has thus failed
to secure the rights and freedoms set forth in these Articles
without discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, race,
religion as required by Article 14 of the Convention."
- The BBC did not mention the human rights
violations of the Greek Community that were adjudged to have taken
place by The European Commission of Human Rights, Report I (20
July 1974 - 18 May 1976), The European Commission of Human Rights,
Report II (19 May 1976 - 10 Feb 1983), and The European Commission
of Human Rights, Report III (11 Feb 1983 to date)
The programme was unfairly biased and ignored
the true history of Cyprus.
- The programme did not give the point
of view of the Republic of Cyprus and of the Greek Cypriots who
have been illegally displaced.
- The programme purported to support the
illegal occupation, by the host and the reporter both implying
that because of the invasion the north had not been detrimentally
affected by westernised development or tourism. The programme
did not mention that such was illegal.
- The Proven Detrimental affects of the
Turkish Sacrilege of Churches and Religious sites was not shown
or mentioned. The proven theft and destruction of Byzantine Mosaics
was not shown or mentioned. The Proven removal of crosses from
churches interiors and roofs was neither shown or mentioned. The
Proven sacrileges use of Churches as Stables, Brothels and Latrines
was neither shown nor mentioned.
- Proven Destruction and theft of Greek
Cultural Heritage was neither condemned or mentioned. In fact
the programme purported to imply that north Cyprus had always
been Turkish and never had any Greek occupants.
- Before the invasion there were more
Greek Villages in the north than in the south and less Turkish
villages in the north than in the south. This fact was not mentioned.
- Nothing was mentioned of the fact that
the Turkish authorities imposed restrictions on the filming of
the item in north Cyprus.
- No mention was given of the Turkish
authorities editorial control over the item.
- No mention of the over 1,600 Greek Cypriots
that went missing during the invasion was given.
- No mention was given of the recent statement
by the Turkish Cypriot Leader Rauf Denktash that the 1,600 missing
people were handed over to Turkish militia by the Turkish authorities,
who then murdered them. This makes Rauf Denktash a self confessed
All of the counts that the Programme and BBC
stand accused of are an insult to the memory of all the People
that died or were murdered because of the Turkish invasion.
When there was a ban on tourism and trade with
South Africa the BBC respected that ban. So why has the BBC No
Respect for the similar ban on travel and tourism in north Cyprus.
- I demand that the BBC make and apology to all
the Greek People for the broadcasting of this programme and for
them to make an other programme expressing the Greek Cypriot point
of view in order to redress the balance.
- I also demand that the BBC never make or broadcast
a similar programme or repeat the aforementioned programme or
any similar programmes ever again.
Please reply as soon as possible.
The Broadcasting Standards Council
5-8 The Sanctuary
London SW1P 3JS
UK(+44) Tel: 0171 233 0544 Fax: 0171 233 0397
The Broadcasting Complaints Commission
7 The Sanctuary
London SW1P 3JS
UK(+44) Tel: 0171 233 0544
Viewer and Listener Correspondence
The Broadway Ealing
London W1A 2PA
UK(+44) Tell: 0181 743 8000 Fax: 0181 749 7520