First came the heckles against bias reportage…
…now the BBC empire strikes back with a block on aid appeals for Gaza:
While the media is now saturated with reports showing the scale of Israel’s barbarism over the past three weeks and the humanitarian disaster it has created, and while the United Nations, the Red Cross and all the other aid organisations involved are saying that immediate emergency aid must be rushed to Gaza, the BBC has blocked a joint appeal by a wide range of organisations from being broadcast after all the main news programmes on every TV channel.
A spokesperson for the organisations which wanted to broadcast the prime time appeal, said, “Agencies are already providing food, drugs and blankets as well as delivering clean water. But we will soon reach the limit of what we can do, without more money.”
And the BBC’s response? “The decision was made because of question marks about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation and also to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC’s impartiality in the context of news story.” [Source]
In turn, Stop the War has organized a protest to be held this Saturday, assembling at 2.00 p.m. outside BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London.
The rally will start at 3.00 p.m. and follow through Regent Street, Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue, Embankment, Parliament, Downing Street, and conclude at Trafalgar Square at 4.30 p.m..
Protesters are advised to “bring children’s dolls wrapped in white shrouds to lay on the steps of the BBC [and] shoes with messages to Gordon Brown inside to deliver [on] the march past Downing Street.”
A detailed list of the coaches scheduled from around Britain for the demonstration can be found here.