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DEC Appeal

February 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm / by

I met up with my friend Duncan who works for Richard Burden MP. Duncan told me that things have been manic in his office because of the BBC’s decision not to air an advertisement by UK charities appealing for emergency aid for Gaza.

Richard Burden rightfully denounced the BBC’s decision and tabled an Early Day Motion condemning this. I’m glad to say that the EDM has 171 signatories so far including my boss.

The BBC said that carrying the advert from the Disasters Emergency Committee would compromise the impartiality of the corporation. However, I don’t see how showing an ad which highlights severe humanitarian need necessarily translates into propaganda. There are innocent lives at risk in Gaza and asking for help for these people doesn’t affect BBC’s neutrality.

I guess the silver lining is that this controversy over the BBC’s decision has given the DEC appeal more media coverage than anyone could have hoped for. (One of the free London papers said something along the lines of ‘BBC refuses to air DEC appeal. To view appeal, please go to http://www.dec.org.uk/item/200/?gclid=CKzXmYK_vJgCFYM_3godW2abYQ’)

Anyway, I am off to take some photos of the snow. Yes it’s snowing for the non-Londoners reading this! By the way, did anyone else watch the Liverpool-Chelsea match? Good ol’ Torres!

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1 Comment

  1. Naushad Reza says:

    I agree with you here. BBC controversy has led to more coverage of the DEC appeal.
    Enjoy the snow!!! :)