Sunday, January 25, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury criticises BBC decision not to run Gaza aid appeal

"This is not a row about impartiality but rather about humanity."....................................................................................

"This situation is akin to that of British military hospitals who treat prisoners of war as a result of their duty under the Geneva Convention.(...)"...................................................
(Righ now Israel lack the access to Gaza hospital of almost any supplies provide by international charities with hundreds of civilian injured wih amputation mostly but the BBC don't took anything about this attitude of the Israel goverment in violation of The Convention of Geneva and Human Righs of palestinian people. Note of the blogger)

The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined widespread criticism over a BBC decision not to run a Gaza aid appeal after more than 50 MPs backed a move to increase pressure on the broadcaster.

The decision has also angered sections of the public: at least 11,000 people have complained to the Corporation over its refusal to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Gaza Crisis Appeal.

The DEC, which includes the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children and 10 other charities, plans to launch its appeal on Monday. All the main broadcasters including, ITV, Channel 4 and Five have agreed to air a two-minute appeal.

The BBC's refusal to broadcast the appeal has been widely criticised across the spectrum from parliamentarians to religious groups and broadcasters.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said: "My feeling is that the BBC should broadcast an appeal."

However, the BBC continues to refuse to transmit the appeal because executives believe it might dent its reputation for impartiality. It also believes Gaza may not be stable enough to allow aid to be delivered.

Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has written to Mark Thompson, the corporation's Director General, defending Mr Thompson's right not to broadcast the appeal.

He said: "It is your job as editor-in-chief to make such decisions and to be held accountable for them. Our job as trustees is to give you space to make such decisions and to protect your ability to do so."

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said: "This is not a row about impartiality but rather about humanity.(The BBC in spanish, BBC Mundo allowed an interview with a spokeman from Israel goverment defending the use of bombs of phosforous against Gaza civil population and dismissing the civil casualties, at the same time. BBC lack information and videos about israelian army repression against palestinian people, civil and human rigths violations in Gaza and the use of excessive force in antiterrorist operation. Note of the blogger).)

"This situation is akin to that of British military hospitals who treat prisoners of war as a result of their duty under the Geneva Convention. They do so because they identify need rather than cause. This is not an appeal by Hamas asking for arms but by the Disasters Emergency Committee asking for relief. By declining their request, the BBC has already taken sides and forsaken impartiality.'

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