The BBC, along with Sky, continue to refuse to broadcast an appeal for aid for Gaza from the Disasters Emergency Committee. The BBC are claiming that to broadcast the appeal would compromise their editorial impartiality. They further claim that there are no guarantees that aid given through DEC would reach those who most need it.
DEC is an umbrella organisation of British charities set up to coordinate a response in times of humanitarian crisis. Its membership are 13 of the most respected agencies in Britain. The need in Gaza is immense, with thousands injured and hundreds of thousands without access to water.
How can the BBC take such a position? There are those who think they’ve been pressured by the Israeli government.
Here’s Tony Benn fighting the good fight on the BBC News.