The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) in conjunction with the Turkish Coalition of America have begun a letter writing campaign to NBC to complain about a recent broadcast in which ‘Kurdistan’ was used on a map. The letter they have crafted and suggest sending to NBC is an attack on all Kurds and equates the word ‘Kurdistan’ with ‘terrorism.’ The letter says that the term ‘Kurdistan’ is ‘a name used by Kurdish terrorist groups.’ They also say to NBC that their use of the term Kurdistan is only ‘supporting Kurdish terrorist group’s objectives.’
Please write to NBC Today Show Executive Producer at:
Mr Jim Bell
Executive producer of Today Show
Today’s Show – NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York , N. Y. 10112
and express your appreciation for acknowledging Kurdistan. Counter the Turkish spin machine and make yourselves heard. Tell Mr Bell the truth about what is happening in Kurdistan. Do not let these organisations’ untruths go uncontested!
PLEASE WRITE TODAY! A postcard, a letter, e-mail, anything! The general e-mail address for the Today Show is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the letter the Turkish groups are sending click here.
To watch the NBC clip where they used Kurdistan click here.
UPDATE 28 December:
NBC apologised for ‘their mistake.’ Here is their apology:
‘While reporting about three American hikers who entered Iranian territory, NBC News showed the region in its map as “Kurdistan”. There is a political region known as Kurdistan in Iraq, but the map also included parts of Turkey and Syria. We apologize for that mistake.’