Monday, January 26, 2009

Is the BBC right not to air DEC Gaza appeal?

The BBC is under pressure to air a charity appeal for aid to Gaza after other channels agreed to broadcast it.

This has led to different responses from different personalities as well as from the public.

The BBC controversial position on whether it should show the DEC appeal is giving it more publicity than it needs as this has become one of top news reports on the BBC and other major news channels.

Those who support the BBC decision can argue that the BBC should keep its impartiality by reporting the situation in Gaza objectively. It will set a precedent if it shows the DEC appeal as there are other disastrous areas in the world needing major help because of politics like Zimbabwe -a completely run-down country on all levels.

The BBC has to keep its impartiality when it comes to political conflicts. The tragic events in Gaza were the results the political enmity between Hamas. The BBC doesn't have to show the DEC appeal as it may amount to the incrimination of either Hamas or Israel or both.

It's enough for the BBC to make objective reporting about the ongoing events in Gaza for the public to make their own judgement. The DEC can use other media outlets and emails to get the donations it needs.

However there must be exceptions when human lives are in danger. It’s not a question of being or not being impartial but being indifferent. As there are viewers who shrug at the sight of suffering and dying people, there are others who feel compassion. These people should be given a chance to help through the DEC appeal. That could have gone unnoticed if the BBC wasn’t adamant that it’s out of question to show the appeal on air.

Tony Benn of DEC said "If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself"


Dennis Junior said...

I think that the BBC is a Public Broadcaster...They should have do a BBC production on the DEC Gaza Appeal...

They (the BBC) are keeping to the impartiality in this story and other news coverage that the BBC covers….

Saido said...

I just wanted to express my admiration of your online activity especially on BBC WHYS issues. Well done!

Abdelilah Boukili said...

Thanks Said Samir for your encouragement. You have a great blog. I 'll keep visiting it and I will link it to my blog.

I read the comment you posted on BBC WHYS about DEC Gaza appeal