Of a Brave Man and a Cowardly BBC.
Posted by Exile on April 9, 2007
Private Johnson Baharry is the latest and youngest surviving member of a very exclusive club. He has won the Victoria Cross. The VC is the highest possible award for bravery on the field of combat that is given by the British military. It was instigated by Queen Victoria, hence the name. An independent production company working with the BBC was preparing a documentary to tell Pte. Baharry’s story. Not one, but two, acts of unbelievable bravery whilst under enemy fire in Iraq which finally caused him serious injury, were duly rewarded with the VC. The BBC has decided to drop the project because the story is “too positive”. Pte Baharry would not speak out against the war.
The Telegraph.co.uk has the story.
Private Johnson Beharry’s courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act, saving his vehicle’s crew despite his own terrible injuries earned him a Victoria Cross.
For the BBC, however, his story is “too positive” about the conflict.
The corporation has cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain’s youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq.
“The BBC has behaved in a cowardly fashion by pulling the plug on the project altogether,” said a source close to the project. “It began to have second thoughts last year as the war in Iraq deteriorated. It felt it couldn’t show anything with a degree of positivity about the conflict.
“It needed to tell stories about Iraq which reflected the fact that some members of the audience didn’t approve of what was going on. Obviously a story about Johnson Beharry could never do that. You couldn’t have a scene where he suddenly turned around and denounced the war because he just wouldn’t do that.
“The film is now on hold and it will only make it to the screen if another broadcaster picks it up.”
Hopefully, the ITV network will take up the challenge. This mans courage stands in sharp contrast to the open and barefaced cowardice of the BBC.