Following the BBC’s stance of staunch reluctance to facilitate awareness of the plight of Gaza, it seems that the British government has joined the fray after contacting the broadcaster to complain about its decision to refuse a humanitarian appeal.
The move by the BBC has been heralded as the first in almost fifty years of humanitarian appeals, and in doing so masks the urgency of the circumstances.
It is currently estimated that £10 million of aid is required, but will now not be sent, due to the restriction.
According to Tony Benn, President of Stop the War, the block “is a betrayal of the BBC’s obligation to be a public service. To deny the help that aid agencies and the UN need is incomprehensible.”
After the numerous catastrophic events that have hit communities around the world in recent years, I wonder how the BBC board meeting progressed to the conclusion that somehow, thousands of impoverished and traumatized families could be ineligible for their air-time.
A few months back the BBC became embroiled in a ’scandal’ concerning a number of phone calls made by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross to Andrew Sachs, which for the sake of this post we shall abbreviate to ‘Sachsgate‘.
The repercussions and moral posturing continued unabated for weeks, both in the press and on the news.
Indeed, as this weekend marks the end of Ross and Brand’s suspension, the case never really left the news.
The BBC was chastised, and in turn made a very big hoorah of its moral obligation and the need to adhere to its responsibility as the leading public broadcaster.
A phone call, in jest, brought a torrent of complaints; yet the refusal to assist in drawing awareness to a humanitarian tragedy should be a more worthy a cause for the moral army than any other.
The BBC is failing one hundred times more than it did through Sachsgate, and unless the wider media ensures it receives as much publicity, it will escape unnoticed.
What a terrible society it is that we live in, that incidents such as Sachsgate draw national ire, but the refusal to assist those in aid does not.
In addition to today’s march and protest, Stop the War has provided the means to vocalize your disdain to the BBC through the following details:
To complain to the BBC:
Telephone: 037000 100 222
Text: 037000 100 212