Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Must remain neutral!

The New York Times published an interesting piece on Monday that caught my eye after our discussion on potential bias in publicly subsidized media.

The BBC's neutrality in the Arab-Israeli conflict has come under increased fire after the corporation refused to air an appeal for humanitarian aid for Gaza:

In more than 80 years as a publicly financed broadcaster with an audience of millions at home and around the world, the BBC has rarely been buffeted as severely as it has in recent days over its decision not to broadcast a television appeal by aid agencies for victims of Israel’s recent military actions in Gaza.

BBC executives made the decision late last week and defiantly reaffirmed it on Monday, citing their concern with protecting the corporation’s impartiality in the Arab-Israeli dispute.

Read the rest of the article here.

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