May 31, 2006

Tiff between Government of Balochistan in Exile and BBC

LETTER FROM BBC:

Dear Mr. Khan Baloch,

While you are free to link or refer to a BBC article about your blog,could you please not use the BBC logo with any of your own graphics. You would agree it gives an impresson as if the BBC Urdu logo and your flagwere part of the same image.

I would be grateful if you made the necessary change.

best
waheed mirza

http://www.bbc.co.uk/



RESPONSE FROM GOB(EXILE):

Dear Mr. Mirza,

Thank you for your email. We value your concerns, but we don't believe that the image used on our blog gives an impression as if the BBC Urdu service graphics and our flag were part of the same image. We trust that our readers have enough common sense and intelligence to decipher the image, and not err in believing that BBC and GOB(Exile) have joined forces to wage a "War of Words" against Pakistan.

You would agree that Ms. Ayesha Tanzeem's article is critical of GOB's credentials. So, any reference that we make or offer any web links on our blog to Ms. Tanzeem's article or BBC is definitely harming our struggle for Baloch freedom, and not benefiting us. It's clear from our action that we are not profiting by using graphics that refer to BBC nor are we smearing BBC's credibility.

Also, you know very well that a blog is not a product for sale at a supermarket that requires fancy packaging and a brand name. It's simply a piece of writing that the reader must read to get any utility from it.

Therefore, using a graphic image that depicts BBC is not going to affect
the quality of the writing nor is it going to drive any additional traffic to our blog. The fact is that the title of our blog article, "Ayesha Tanzeem, BBC Correspondent in New York, Interviews Mir Azaad Khan Baloch" is what shows up on search engines and drives traffic to our blog.

A learned person like you should be least bothered by such frivolous issues dealing with graphics. It would be more appropriate if you had taken the time to criticize our translation of Ms. Tanzeem's article.

But, since you didn't find any problem with the real issue, we consider
this matter closed.


Sincerely,

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com

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