Email to C4 and response

Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier and an anti-Jewish racist. He is a
murderous tyrant. He is anti-feminist, anti-LGBT, anti-democratic,
anti-secular. All this, but neither is he a marginal crank – he is President
of a major power in the Middle East and he is building weapons of mass
destruction which he threatens to use against Jews. His is an ‘alternative
world view’ which should not be given a C4 stamp of legitimacy. This world
view should be challenged and opposed. In my view this is a broadcasting
scandal much more serious than the one involving Jonathan Ross & Russel
Brand earlier in the year. I thought it was rude and unpleasant to tell a
man that you’d fucked his grand daughter. But to give a high profile and
legitimizing slot to this racist, violent and bigoted ‘world view’ is much
more serious, firstly because it was deliberate, thought through, not a
joke-gone-wrong and secondly because this man is an immediate physical
threat to Jews, to women, to LGBT people, to secularists, to trade unionists
and to people of other religions. He is not joking as Ross and Brand were. I
am truly surprised that C4 News and Current Affairs decided to try to
normalize this kind of totalitarianism. I used to enjoy C4 news.

David Hirsh

Response from Channel 4:

Dear Dr Hirsh,

Thank you for your e-mail regarding the transmission of our ALTERNATIVE
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.

As I am sure you are aware, we have had an Alternative Christmas Message on Christmas Day for many years which has been delivered by a diverse range of people including an injured veteran from the war in Afghanistan, Quentin Crisp, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Doreen and Neville Lawrence, Genelle Guzman, a 9/11 survivor and The Simpsons.

With relations between Iran and the West set to play a central role in world
affairs in 2009, Channel 4 felt that it was timely to feature the leader of
one of the most powerful states in the Middle East. In featuring President
Ahmadinejad, we wanted to offer our viewers an insight into an alternative
world view.

Nonetheless, we appreciate you feel that it was inappropriate to feature
President Ahmadinejad in our Alternative Christmas message and your
complaint has been logged for this information of those responsible for our
programming.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all
feedback from our viewers; complimentary or otherwise.

Regards,

Sally Smith
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries

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