Updated: 1.26.09 added another story and link to video
Climate and Capitalism
January 23, 2009
The BBC’s refusal to broadcast a charity appeal for Gaza will prevent essential aid from reaching the victims of Israel’s assault
From Lenin’s Tomb
Facts are awkward. They take sides. They do not conveniently distribute themselves evenly along the spectrum of opinion and, therefore, they lack balance. They must either be suppressed or complemented by some lies. For instance, it is a matter of controversy only to Tzipi Livni [leader of Israel’s Kadima Party] that Gaza is experiencing a profound humanitarian crisis.
- Aside from the thousands dead and wounded, 50,000 people have been left homeless, 400,000 have been left without water, and 84% of the population have no secure source of food.
- Power shortages are normal — 40% of the population gets no electricity, while the remaining 60% only have intermittent access.
- Eight of Gaza’s hospitals were partially destroyed by bombing and shelling during the war and 26 clinics were hit, and the whole medical system is suffering from severe shortages, including those resulting from having inadequate or non-existent power supplies. For over a month, access to Gaza’s already diminished medical structure was severely reduced.
By standards that are commonsensical, this is a humanitarian catastrophe. It has been worsened by the fact that, due to Israeli attacks on humanitarian workers, much aid delivery had to be suspended during the war itself. 89% of the people have received no aid at all. The simple fact is that if aid doesn’t arrive soon, a great many people will suffer horribly and die.
The Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of 13 UK-based humanitarian agencies, did what it usually does in such circumstances. It prepared an urgent campaign to raise funds from the British public, for Gaza. Under an agreement dating back to 1963, the BBC broadcasts the DEC’s emergency appeals, and other broadcasters tend to follow suit. Yet, this time, they have refused, a decision that will deny the campaign millions of pounds. Other broadcasters are now using this as an excuse to refuse to carry the appeal.
Tony Benn DEC appeal on News 24
Tony Benn defies the channel bosses and broadcasts the DEC appeal himself!
Donations can be made via the DEC website http://www.dec.org.uk
DEC Gaza Crisis
PO Box 999,
London EC3A 3AA.
Donations can also be made at high street banks and post offices.
“I’m sorry but I’m a human being” — Tony Benn
BBC staff protest over decision not to show Gaza aid appeal
By Guardian Unlimited
Monday 26 January 2009
The BBC is facing a growing revolt from its own journalists over its decision not to broadcast the Gaza humanitarian aid appeal, with sources reporting “widespread disgust” within its newsrooms.
BBC staff have said they have been told they face the sack if they speak out on the issue and MediaGuardian.co.uk understands that corporation journalists will tomorrow vote on a resolution put forward by the National Union of Journalists condemning the move.
via Media Channel – Home.