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Post time 2009-1-25 09:07:36 |Display all floors
Pressure grows over BBC Gaza appeal
Saturday, January 24, 2009

The BBC has come under mounting pressure to screen an emergency appeal for Gaza, after ITV, Channel 4 and Five all announced they will show it.

Thousands of protesters joined a demonstration in London, while a string of politicians, including senior Government ministers, urged the BBC to reconsider its decision not to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal.

The DEC - which brings together several major aid charities including the British Red Cross, Save the Children and Oxfam - wants the appeal to be broadcast on TV and radio from Monday to help raise millions of pounds for people in need of food, medicines and shelter following Israel's three-week assault on the Palestinian territory. DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley has voiced disappointment at the BBC's decision.

BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons voiced concern that comments made by politicians were coming close to "undue interference" in the BBC's editorial independence.

He said that the judgment on whether the broadcast should be shown was not for the Trust, which oversees the Corporation on behalf of the public, but for the BBC's senior editorial executives, led by director general Mark Thompson.

Mr Thompson on Friday night rejected a plea from International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander to screen the appeal, warning that a broadcast could compromise the impartiality of the BBC's reporting from the Palestinian territory. "After consultation with senior news editors, we concluded that to broadcast a free-standing appeal, no matter how carefully couched, ran the risk of calling into question the public's confidence in the BBC's impartiality in its coverage of the story as a whole," he said.

But his argument was dismissed as "completely feeble" by health minister Ben Bradshaw, while Communities Secretary Hazel Blears called on the BBC to review its decision and urged the public to continue donating to the DEC appeal.

Calls for the broadcast to be shown also came from Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond.

Police estimated that 5,000 people took part in a march to Trafalgar Square, during which some demonstrators threw shoes at the BBC's Broadcasting House HQ. Organisers Stop the War said "tens of thousands" took part in the demonstration. Six protesters were arrested for obstructing police, but there was no violence.

Former Labour minister Tony Benn told the crowd: "People are dying in Gaza and if the appeal was made they would get the resources they need. It's not about the BBC. Millions of pounds will be raised by an appeal. People who are dying in Gaza would get the materials and supplies they need."
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Post time 2009-1-25 09:10:07 |Display all floors
Benn accuses BBC over Gaza appeal

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tony Benn will accuse the BBC over its refusal to broadcast a Gaza appeal

Veteran politician Tony Benn will accuse the BBC of a "betrayal" of its public service obligations following its decision not to broadcast a public appeal for funds for Gaza.

He will address a pro-Palestine rally called by the Stop the War coalition outside Broadcasting House in central London.

The former Labour MP and Stop the War president will say: "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.

"I appeal to the chairman of the BBC Trust to intervene to reverse this decision to save the lives of those who are now in acute danger of dying through a lack of food, fuel, water and medical supplies."
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Post time 2009-1-25 11:23:12 |Display all floors
I said before, let me say again, BBC is the worst of the worst. BBC is worthless.

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Post time 2009-1-25 12:09:23 |Display all floors
They also delete the statement made by Benazir Bhutto, that Osama bin Laden already killed.

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Post time 2009-1-25 13:45:32 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2009-1-25 13:25
And it does mater what the BBC is the peoples in far-flung Asia.

What a pity the same can't be said of Xinhua. (Not to the peoples in Asia nor to peoples in the West).

Yeah right, just look at those like yourself! Do you exist?

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Post time 2009-1-25 15:56:48 |Display all floors
Originally posted by timbatu at 2009-1-25 13:23
I said before, let me say again, BBC is the worst of the worst. BBC is worthless.

Yes we've all heard about this and the BBC's attitude has been discussed and criticised at length.
Less than an hour ago I listened to a discussion about this on the BBC World service.

A British politician was interviewed and he directly criticised the BBC's attitude. The BBC's reasoning for not screening the appeal were also mentioned and challenged by the politician.
Two other people involved in the discussion were an Indian journalist located in Delhi, and a Canadian journalist based in Hong Kong (whose family were from China).
The Indian journalist, being interviewed on the BBC by a BBC journalist, also criticised and questioned the BBC's position, and the ethnic chinese Canadian journalist in Hong Kong commented that such a discussion could never take place on China's CCTV as these sort of decisions were done behind closed doors.

So, while we may disagree with the BBC's decision and hope that it could be changed, their reasoning and debate over the decision have been conducted openly, clearly and without cen-sor-s-hip, something Chinese media can only dream of.
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Post time 2009-1-25 23:01:22 |Display all floors


come on
you know the BBC spins it and lies it their way
in Asia at least
the BBC is not trusted
( never mind China )
in Asia it is not a trusted service
too often they twist like they were Chubby Checker
many on this bbs
have attacked the bbc
they have good reason
and are often on very solid ground
CNN is much more honest than the BBC
and look how corrupt they are

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