BBC Refusal to Air Gaza Appeal Sparks Uproar
Network fears appearance of bias in charged issue
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2009 8:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – The BBC has been lambasted by politicians, religious leaders and its own staff for the network's refusal to broadcast an appeal for Gaza aid, the Guardian reports. Executives of the publicly funded network say they must adhere to a strict code of impartiality, and that airing the appeal could be seen as expressing a bias in the politically charged Mideast conflict.

"It's absolutely essential the audience not see any evidence of bias," said a former network head. But a BBC announcer said his colleagues were “absolutely seething” about the decision. “This is not an appeal by Hamas asking for arms but by the Disasters Emergency Committee asking for relief,” said an angry archbishop of York. “By declining the request, the BBC has already taken sides and forsaken impartiality.”

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Jan 28, 2009 1:03 AM CST
Israel receives the most foreign aid of ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. This is due to the fact that they are classified by the United Nations as a developing country. Hamas, on the other hand, has been shut off from aid entirely, so it seems logical that a charitable organization would want them to get the basics of food, water, supplies and hospital care, all of which Israelis have in abundance. Wait a second... Don't you know that your tax dollars as an American are going to build Israeli homes and condos on the West Bank? This despite the fact that your economy is in crisis!?!
Jan 25, 2009 7:48 PM CST
I think this is the first time I've ever agreed with an angry archbishop.