BBC’s Continuous Falling From Grace
Add your voice to that of hundred others (details at the bottom of the post) to protest against the sheer hypocrisy of the BBC who refuses to broadcast the Disatsters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza, which is a British umbrella group of charities calling for donations for its relief fund for Gazans.
BBC’s Director general Mark Thompson said that by “airing the appeal the BBC would risk reducing public confidence in its impartial coverage of the conflict.”
From the beginning of the murderous aggression on Gaza, the BBC has been, as usual brilliant in sanitizing in the name of “impartiality” the horrors visited upon defenceless civilians in Gaza. Talking about a “retaliatory offensive” when it was clear that it was a pre-planned attack and a deliberate slaughter of civilans; evoquing “conflict” as if the forces on the ground were in any shape or form comparable; Accepting Israel’s dictat which blocked independent access to the crime scene for international journalists without registering any significant protest; offering spaces for Israeli spokepersons, which is legitimate by the way, but without convincingly chalenging the PR work.
“The danger for the BBC,” Thompson added “is that this could be interpreted as taking a political stance on an ongoing story.”
To which Tony Benn, the veteran, indefatigable politician replied:
“The decision of the BBC to refuse to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza, which has left aid agencies with a potential shortfall of millions of pounds in donations, is a betrayal of the obligation which it owes as a public service.
“The destruction in Gaza, and the loss of the lives of over a thousand civilians and children, has shocked the world as Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, made clear, when he saw the devastation for himself.
“The human suffering that the people of Gaza have experienced over the last few weeks has appalled people who have seen it for themselves on their television screens.
“To deny the help that the aid agencies and the UN need at this moment in time is incomprehensible and it follows the bias in BBC reporting of this crisis, which has been widely criticised.”
The Guadian’s editorial tries to speculate on BBC’s motives:
“…On what grounds, might the BBC judge a charitable appeal on behalf of the people of Gaza to be politically partisan?
…[A] broadcast would risk undermining public confidence in the corporation’s impartiality.
[…] An alternative interpretation, and one that is ultimately much more damaging to the BBC’s reputation, is that any humanitarian intervention in Gaza, by definition, expresses a political position in the long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In other words, collecting charity for Palestinians is a kind of hostility to Israel.
By that logic, there can never be victims in a war zone, even among civilians, since to designate anyone as such would offend one of the combatant sides. That is patently absurd and inhumane.”
It’s clear to me that Zionists have put such a pressure on the corporation that was once a gold standard for professional journalism and a model of public service, that it has abondonned its basic founding principles. Zionism must be combatted by its own means and defeated in territories it has taken for conquered.
Make a complaint to the BBC:
Phone: +44 3700 100 222
Via Internet : here.
PO Box 1922
Glasgow G2 3WT
T’as raison il faut se battre avec leurs armes et les battre sur leur propre terrain.
The BBC controversial position on whether it should show the DEC appeal is giving it more publicity than it needs as this has become one of top news reports on the BBC and other major news channels.
It remains difficult to know if the BBC decision is related to its editorial policies or political pressure from pro-Israel groups. However there is nothing bad in airing an appeal that will primarily benefit the civilians who are left helpless after more than 22 days of unreserved Israeli raid.
Thank you both Fatima and Abdelilah for your support. Keep up the good work!
Did you see this video in which Tony Benn just went ahead and asked anyway? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E21MdXe3BOQ
I think it’s absolutely absurd of the BBC. First of all, they’re not the sponsors of the request, so there’s no actual conflict of interest. It’s the goddamn Israeli lobby, again.
On a separate note, can I just tell you how much I’m loving the new blog design and graphics? Rock on.
I’ve just watched it; I wasn’t aware of it Jill, thanks… Benn is the greatest Prime Minister Britain has never had… for the same reason people in the U.S. like Ralph Nader or Dennis Kucinich are the best Presidents Americans have never had… It sent a shiver down my spine… What a courage! as you say Jill. True and honest people like these are kept deliberately, by the establishment away from the centres of power. No conspiracy theory here of course, as you know… this is the reality of our world.
Thank you my dear. Keep it up!