Σε αυτή την διεύθυνση θα μπείτε για να διαμαρτυρηθήτε για την άρνηση του ΒΒC να μεταδώσει τις εκκλήσεις των Παλαιστινίων για οικονομική και υλική βοήθεια στην μαρτυρική Γάζα.
Μέχρι τωρα το BBC δέχτηκε ήδη 11000 παράπονα απο Βρεταννούς πολίτες και θύελλα διαμαρτυριών απο τον υπόλοιπο κόσμο για τον αποκλεισμό των παλαιστινιακών μηνυμάτων απο τις τηλεοπτικές και ραδιοφωνικές της συχνότητες , και παρ’όλα αυτά συνεχίζει να αρνήται να μεταδώσει τις εκκλήσεις για βοήθεια.
Η απάντηση του BBC ότι μπορεί να φανεί άδικη αντισημιτική και μονόπλευρη προς την μεριά των Ισραηλινωνη τυχόν μετάδοση του μυνήματος αυτού, δέν έχει καμία λογική με την παργματικότητα που ζούν οι Παλαιστίνιοι και την απόλυτη ανάγκη που έχουν για βοήθεια.
50 MPs and 11,000 viewers over broadcast
The BBC will defy the pleas of charities, ministers and 11,000 members of the public today to become the only terrestrial broadcaster not to transmit an appeal to raise aid for Gaza.
The corporation came under intense pressure at the weekend over its decision not to transmit an appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) because it believed that it would compromise the impartiality of its coverage of the Middle East conflict. More than 50 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion calling on the BBC to rethink its position, after Mark Thompson, the Director-General, rejected a plea from Douglas Alexander, the International Development Secretary, to broadcast the appeal.
The BBC has also received more than 11,000 complaints about its stance, and thousands protested over the weekend outside its London headquarters. Last night 100 protesters occupied its Scottish headquarters in Glasgow, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York also criticised the corporation.
Last night the DEC, which is made up of the 13 biggest aid agencies in Britain, claimed that it had told the BBC that aid from the appeal would be made available to Israeli victims of Hamas rocket attacks, alleviating fears of compromising the corporation’s impartiality.
But correspondence seen by The Times shows that the DEC accepted two weeks ago that assessment of the needs of victims meant that little aid would go to Israel.
Brendan Gormley, DEC’s chief executive, wrote to the BBC on January 13, admitting: “This state of affairs would conflict with the BBC’s editorial need to be impartial.”
The Times has also learnt that the corporation’s fears over impartiality scuppered an attempt by the DEC to transmit an appeal for aid to the victims of the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
As the criticism of the corporation continued to mount, Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, wrote to Mr Thompson on Saturday, voicing his concerns of the prospect of “undue interference” in the BBC’s editorial independence. Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, also said that the BBC should be free to come to its own decision, but the Charity Commission called on the BBC yesterday to reconsider its position.
The decision to screen messages from the DEC is usually made by consensus between the BBC, ITV, and Sky, who provide free airtime. However, the BBC’s refusal, first highlighted by The Times, has sparked such intense debate that ITV has decided to transmit the appeal without its two usual partners. Instead Channel 4 and Five will also carry the message.
Mr Thompson said that he could not run the appeal “without running the risk of reducing public confidence in the BBC’s impartiality in its wider coverage of the story”.
He added: “Inevitably an appeal would use pictures which are the same or similar to those we would be using in our news programmes but would do so with the objective of encouraging public donations.”
Defenders of the BBC point out that it has a widely differing remit to the three terrestrial broadcasters who have agreed to screen the DEC message, and has similarities to Sky, which has reserved its judgment.
Sky, in which News Corporation, parent company of The Times, has a 39.1 per cent stake, will disclose today whether it will screen the appeal. It is understood to have been initially against broadcast.
Dealing with disaster
— The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies, formed in 1963
— It swings into action in response to overseas emergencies, aiming to provide effective media-based appeals for donations and to co-ordinate efforts in the field
— Its first appeal, in August 1966, raised £560,000 for victims of an earthquake in Varto, Turkey, which killed 2,300. The next year it appealed for donations for Palestinian and Syrian refugees from the Six-Day War
— Since then it has started appeals almost every year in response to crises caused by war and natural disasters. In 2004 it raised £390 million to help deal with the aftermath of tsunamis that devastated Indian Ocean coastlines In 2006 the BBC refused to screen an appeal for those starving in East Africa, saying that it did not believe agencies could deliver aid. The BBC refused another appeal for victims of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict after the DEC said that it wanted to include Gaza
— In 2008 the BBC rebuffed approaches from the DEC for an appeal for the victims of the Burma cyclone. It later agreed to a formal request after access to the country improved