Regarding the decision not to air the DEC Gaza Appeal:
The BBC says that they don't want to compromise their commitment to impartiality. This is no excuse - the BBC is biased, as I made clear in the letter I recently wrote to the Foreign Office:
Didn’t they hear about Gerald Kaufman MP describing the Israelis as acting like Nazis in the House of Parliament?
Haven’t they heard that charges of War Crimes are being filed against 15 Israeli officials, including senior members of their government?
I’m struggling with belief now that they are resisting their own government's urgings to reconsider their decision – a government I am usually railing against but right now I agree with Douglas Alexander and seriously suggest that the BBC have a rethink!
[Yes, listen to the man, his interview on now – he might respect your impartiality but he’s right there! YOU’RE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LINE!!]
The longer they continue refusal of airing the appeal, confidence in their impartiality within this member of the public at least is increasingly waning. I can’t believe that they’re wasting my time having to do this. I hope the protest this afternoon is massive. If there isn’t an imminent reversal, I’ll be switching to Channel 4 permanently!
Andrew J Silvera & The Latest
Snowmail: BBC and Gaza appeal row
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2009
By: Krishnan Guru-Murthy
The BBC is under siege over its decision to boycott a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the people of Gaza and one has to think they will be 'reviewing their decision'.
Channel 4, ITV and Five have decided to go ahead and show a TV appeal on Monday night to raise awareness of the appalling suffering of those civilians caught in the recent fighting. So the BBC is looking increasingly isolated.
Having fronted a DEC appeal for the former Yugoslavia, perhaps my own impartiality on this story is open to question, but it is hard to find anyone who doesn't think this is a mistake at the BBC. [More:-
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Palestinian Mothers and we, the undersigned, in an expression of our dismay and disgust with the BBC’s decision not to air the DEC Gaza Appeal:
Ignores host & reads out charity details. Here he is at the demo 28th Dec outside Israeli Embassy