URGENT! Write to NBC about Kurdistan map!

ACTION ALERT!

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: today@nbc.com.

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.’

25 thoughts on “URGENT! Write to NBC about Kurdistan map!

  1. It were actually the Selcuk Turks that created the name Kurdistan in the 11th century.

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  3. I happen to be from Kurdistan by birth. Kurdistan is the land of the Kurds, as Ireland is the land of Irish people, and as Kosovo is the land of Kosovars etc. It is just a matter of time for others to realize this fact and help the Kurds to fulfill their long overdue dream. It is unfortunate that some Kurdish organizations still have to use armed struggle against state terrorism. I hope such a method ends soon via support of just and respectable Turks, Arabs, and Persians. It is also the moral obligation of the Kurds to continue distancing themselves from any form of violence and fight for their rights via passive resistance.

  4. Wow how low can this Turks go, the word Kurdistan has existed before Turks invaded the region, and the Kurdish nation is the indigenous inhabitant of the region named Kurdistan. History tells us the Turks arrived in the region about 1000 years ago from Mangolia. In addition, the Velayet of Kurdistan existed as an autonomous region and it was referred as “Kurdistan” by the Othomans for the duration of their reign. Apparently, such Turkish mentality exhibits phobia, such “Kurdistan Phobia” by the Turks only shows that deep fear they towards the indigenous Kurdish nation, it further shows their lack of belonging to the region, and sooner or later Kurdistan will exist as one nation, bordering the neighboring counties.

  5. These lobbying groups have successfully forced media outlets to apologise before. Back in August CNN used a map showing Kurdistan. The ATAA organised a letter-writing campaign and not too long afterwards, CNNi sent out a public apology: http://bit.ly/iWcF0

  6. When I saw this on the news I was really happy and I’m sure we’ll see more news like this on more television. Ofcourse news like this makes the enemy angry but they’ll see more and more so they must accept this.
    Thank you nbc

  7. It’s very good that NBC showed this news! It’s time for people to grow up! Leave the Kurdisch people alone and let them live.

  8. hello
    I’m rezgar and my nationality is kurdish.
    I’m from belgium, and i’m verry happy because you said verry good things about kurdish people.
    and that is verry good
    thank you thank you thank you…

  9. Hello. NBC made very very big mistake. But NBC sorried. That is not enough! NBC TV must close! I love CNN!!!

  10. hello
    im sagvan from kurdistan (duhok) and im kurdish
    im soso happy abut ur ur things abut kordistan and kordish people
    and this very good for the kordistan and kordish people
    again thank you very much…………..

  11. Thanks you NBC TV,
    I,m Kurd and my nationality is kurdish.
    I’m from Netherland’s, and i’m verry happy because you said verry good things about kurdish people.
    and that is verry good
    thank you thank you thank you…

  12. hello
    I’m kurdistan Miss and my nationality is kurdish.
    I’m from KURDISTAN, and i’m verry happy because you said verry good things about kurdish people.
    and that is verry good
    thank you NBC, thank you Today show, thank you…

  13. Hello
    I Kurdparwar from Kurdistan . I am most observers of your program, and on behalf of the Kurdish people offer you full thanks and gratitude to remember the homeland of Kurdistan and the reference to geography in your great program.
    Thank you again and I wish you luck and success .

  14. I am from Kurdistan Scepan Thank you very much on the program beautiful, and I appeal to all free people in the world and lovers of peace, democracy and human rights. And I wish them to support the Kurdish people who are subject to repression and deprivation of basic rights.
    Thank you for NBC and Today show .

  15. I am Sipan from Kurdistan , Thank you very much on the program beautiful, and I appeal to all free people in the world and lovers of peace, democracy and human rights. And I wish them to support the Kurdish people who are subject to repression and deprivation of basic rights.
    Thank you for NBC and Today show .

  16. my name Alan I’m kurdish , I’m very very happy , really thank you for NBC .. thank you so much .

  17. This is the turc. This is rasismus. I´m Kurd and Kurdistan is my land. Thanks NBC…..

  18. NBC did not have to apologize to anyone to discuss a fact and show a map that indicates where the indcident happened, and it happened to be in KURDISTAN. When announcing a news, NBC or any other media channel has to refere to something, some geographical entity, some reference to show the audiences what and where they mean and the clip from NBC indicated just the purpose.

    I am appalled for some ultra nationalist Turks reaction that does not have the eyes to see Kurdistan, this reaction indicates how oppressed the peolpe of Turkey are and how closed minded the Turkish society is in general. Time is way past due for the internatinal community to ignore Kurds, the third largest nationality in the Middle East, Kurdish is a language that is spoken by at least by 45 million people and ignoring this fact does not vanish their identity.

    As a matter of fact it is reactions like that of our Turkish friends and oppressed governments in the Middle East that leave no choice for the Kurds but to resort to armed struggle. As long as history remembers the Kurds have been in this reagion called Kurdistan, Turks are migrants from Central Asia not a distant historydream dominating other peoples by force which does not result positive for either side. Turks have no choice but to accept the reality, especially at an age that we all strive for democracy. NBC does not owe apology to anyone.

  19. Stop BS Kurds!! You are tribes, not one single nation. Just like some tribes in Asia and Africa extend over different nations, so do Kurds and Gypsies. They belong to the countries they live in but they are not the only ones who live on the lands they foolishly claim all for themselves!! Kurd organizations are manipulated as toys by Zionist and Western fingers who will throw them away like used car tires once they use them up to pressure Arabs, Turks, and Persians!

  20. funny clown :))) – which tribe you belong to? or maybe who is feeding you that you barking at us so obidient?

    Kulka from kurdish tribe (still better than you, poor creature)

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