The BBC and the Gaza appeal

I have musing over the whole issue of the BBC refusing to broadcast an aid appeal for the people of Gaza, and wondering if I agree with the BBC’s position, that broadcasting the appeal would breach their impartiality.
My feeling is that this is entirely wrong. The cause of the problems and the effects are of course linked in terms of the events. However I believe it is possible to broadcast an appeal based on the severe effects that the people of Gaza are experiencing regardless of the cause. The suffering is an ‘is’ that demands a humanitarian response!
Just musing, but will definitely be donating!

3 Replies to “The BBC and the Gaza appeal”

  1. I’ve really been struggling with this; it’s come up alot in conversation. I can see some of the BBC’s point of view – they are independant from the government and aim to be impartial, so I don’t think they should be pressured into anything (or frowned upon if they don’t follow the crowd). The whole political situation is a lot more complicated than is generally acknowledged, and therefore the reasoning behind this decision seems to be feeble when we have no idea what the entire thought process looked like. We say we want unbiased, autonomous reporting and then want it done our way.
    How would you feel to be a BBC reporter in Israel right now? Would people view your company as supporting the opposition? Would people view you as supporting the opposition?
    The very fact the appeal isn’t being shown has probably highlighted the problem more than the appeal would have done in the first place. We have to be careful not to lay blame, polarise the arguement or dehumanise either group.

  2. The irony about all of the arguments was that by running it as their top story and showing pictures of the accompanying newspaper adverts for the appeal as part of the report, the BBC probably ended up giving the appeal more coverage than it would have got had they just run the original appeal as requested.
    Certainly one bit I saw on the News channel had Tony Benn repeating the address at every opportunity too.
    The problem is that whilst people generally like the theory of the BBC being impartial, sometimes that conflicts with the opinions of the general public.

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