Saturday, January 24, 2009
The Shame (and hypocrisy) of the BBC
I always thought that the BBC was owned by and is accountable to the British public.
It seems that I got that wrong. How else can we explain the decision by the BBC bigwigs not the screen a humanitarian appeal for the people of Gaza?
The BBC say that it wants to preserve its 'impartiality' and that broadcasting an appeal on Gaza would be too 'controversial'.
Could this be the same institution that, during the NATO war with Yugoslavia in 1999 broadcast several appeals on behalf of the Kosovan Albanians? (you can see one, above)
What happened to its commitment to 'impartiality' then?
The BBC has of course, caved into pressure from the Israeli government and from Britain's numerically small, but extremely influential Zionist lobby who do not want pictures of the death and destruction that their beloved IDF brought to Gaza on our television screens.
Over 1,300 people were killed in the Israeli invasion of Gaza- a third of them children- and international aid agencies talk of the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe there. Yet rather than raise money to help the people of Gaza, the BBC deems it more important not to upset the editor of the Zionist Jewish Chronicle.
If you want to register your disgust at the BBC's capitulation to the Zionist lobby, then you can do so in several ways.
You can call the BBC on 03700 100 222.
You can email them: Media Lens has a list of the relevant addresses here:
Or, you can join the Stop the War protest outside the Broadcasting House in London at 2pm this afternoon.
Remember: it's our BBC- if a privately-owned newspaper wants to follow a biased, pro-Zionist line, then that's their look-out, if the publicly-owned BBC wants to, then it's something different altogether.
A commenter on Media Lens' message board writes:
Tony Benn was brilliant on BBC new 24 just now on the question of the BBC Gaza appeal ban. He stunned the interviewer by immediately interrupting her by saying "seeing as the BBC will not broadcast the appeal I will, she tried to intervene but he said "you are not going to stop me" and he gave out the appeal phone no and details as well as the numbers of casualties. She looked bewildered as he angrily raged against the BBC and said "we all know who is behind this, the Israeli Government" Well done Tony Benn who refused to be curtailed by the BBC's employees. We need more of this.
Tony Benn: the greatest Living Briton- without a shadow of a doubt.
You can watch Tony Benn on BBC News 24 below. Many thanks to Dan for the link: