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Comment: Channel 4 should pull the plug on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not allow him to address the nation

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  1. Dominick J. 24 Dec 2008, 9:55pm

    So everyone should turn the channel. What could a misserable tyrant like he say anything about Christmas that any Christian would want to hear anyway?

  2. Another round of applause for Mr Tatchell. Thank you.

  3. Channel 4 is sponsoring terrorism and allowing an anti-Christian provide a ‘Christmas’ message. BBC Ch4 should be fined enough to cover the ccost of saving all refugees of this tyrant!

  4. @Del,
    Channel 4 is not a BBC channel, it is an independant commercial broadcaster.
    BBC4 is part of the BBC “family”, you may be confusing the two.

  5. We live in a country with the right to freedom of expression, and while we may hate the person expressing their views, they still have the right to express them, and his Christmas message’s extract hardly seems to encourage religious or racial hatred. Of course I strongly disagree with many of his policies in Iran, but at the same time i disagree with the policies of President Bush (Guantanamo Bay, Iraq War etc) yet I doubt if Bush was offered the chance to give a Christmas message, the outcry would be so intense. Channel 4 has the right as a broadcaster to show this message, and hopefully it will raise awareness of the current Iranian regime and its actions, and when Iranians become aware that their leader gave this message on Western TV, that it will promote freedom of expression in Iran.

  6. Abi Chrisopher 25 Dec 2008, 2:36pm

    In Iran Gay men are forced to have sex changes or face being stoned to death on the orders of a religious court.

  7. I have asked them to pull the plug on this, in the strongest possible terms. You can complain to Channel 4 direct via their website,via ‘contact us’ and ‘on line form’ as i have done. If the broadcast goes ahead this household will not be watching CH4 over Xmas and New Year in protest. Who’s next year : Mugabe or Osama?

  8. Christina Engela 25 Dec 2008, 6:35pm

    This is a shameful outrage – an affront to human rights of every description. It can be likened to inviting Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin to deliver a new year’s address. The only difference is that this monster has committed crimes against humanity in the form of GLBTIQ genocide – and we all know how much worth gay lives carry. Hence the decision to allow this despotic tyrant publicity and airtime as though he were somehow worthy of it. We in South Africa and at SA GLAAD show solidarity with you who protest this disgraceful lapse in judgment. Christina Engela

  9. Peter Tatchell is urging a dangerous precedent in demanding censorship in this way. What is more dangerous: a lunatic like Ahmadinejad airing his dirty laundry ad nauseum like so many other megalomaniacal Muslims who will continue to do so regardless (yeah yeah Mahmoud, heard it all before), or extreme gays/miltants like Tatchell who put the Stasi police to shame with their constant demands for freedom of speech to be restricted? These gays are little more than PC thought police, and anyone who has read Orwell’s 1984 will know how dangerous it is to step down this path. That gay men like Tatchell should be using the same approach that tyrants use to establish totalitarian dictatorships is truly disturbing and frightening, especially as so many other methods utilized by police states are very much in operation here in the UK (CCTV, databases, snooping councils, etc.). Has it not occurred to you, Peter, that Channel 4 may be giving this idiot air time precisely so that people can see for themselves what a religious nutter and loon he is, in effect allowing him to vilify and hang himself with his own words? Unless you allow people to hear for themselves the deplorable beliefs such people hold and let them decide what to think, then all they are going to hear is that the gays are trying to shut everyone up again, and we just continue digging a deeper hole for ourselves. Peter, you may very much come to regret your PC zeal to silence others’ freedom of expression. I just hope it won’t take a knock on the door in the middle of the night and a jack boot stamping on your face when a fully-fledged fascist dictatorship is finally running Britain to make you realize the part you and the rest of the high-profile gay PC brigade – most notably Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill – played in establishing it…

  10. Is this the same Peter Tatchell who insists on the right to free speech?
    Who would want to hear a speech by Ahmadinejad anyway?

  11. Similarly, who would want to hear a speech by that other religious nutter Pope Benedict XVI? I suppose that was broadcast without protest.

  12. Stewart Cowan 26 Dec 2008, 2:57pm

    I actually agree with Mr Tatchell on this one. Shock horror.

    (I am opposed to the legalisation of homosexual acts)

    “His regime executes gay people, children, journalists, Sunni Muslims, political dissidents and ethnic minorities.”

    And Christian converts, Mr T.

  13. @ John Clarke

    It’s a nerdy point but CH4 is technically the UK state broadcaster. It has one share owned by the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. It has a public service remit but funds itself largely from advertising. The share is used to protect ownership, not to exercise editorial control.

    The BBC is, contrary to popular belief, not a state broadcaster but a unique independent corporation set up under a charter the terms of which require it to inform, educate and entertain in return for which it is entitled by law to fund itself largely from a charge on all users of a television in the UK.

    I’ll go back to sleep now before I get onto BBC World Service and the commercial arm of the corporation :-)

  14. The flaw lies in people thinking that Ahmadinejad will be aware of the irony that he is being allowed freedom of speech in a democratic country. Bullshit. People like him are immune to such thoughts. Do people learn nothing from history? This man’s ego is out of control – he is an absolute dictator and nothing “good” can come of this.

  15. Quite clearly this man is barmy in the same way as Mugabee is barmy. In any sane Nation he would be locked up, not running the Country! Just see what happens if (God Forbid) he ever gets a nuke!

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