Friday, December 25, 2009

Turkish lobby protests Kurdistan map of NBC Today


Washington - The America’s largest Turkish American organizations, the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA), submitted a letter to NBC Today for referring to Turkey as “Kurdistan”.

According to these Turkish organizations, the word Kurdistan is used by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and therefore NBC is abetting terrorism. The Turkish organizations want a ‘public correction’ and asked Turks to support their campaign against the NBC.

So far, Kurdish lobby organizations haven’t responded yet. The Kurdistan region of Iraq is recognized by the Iraqi constitution. Also in Iran there is a Kordestan province

In the NBC program ‘Today Show’ about the three detained American hikers in Iran, it showed the map of Kurdsitan. Reporter Andrea Mitchell said they were detained ‘when they wandered too close to the border between Iran and Kurdistan.’ On screen (left) was a map labeled Iran and Kurdistan (Photo: NBC).

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