Tonight, the pressure is mounting on the BBC and Sky TV to broadcast a humanitarian aid appeal for Gaza.
Both broadcasters have banned the Disasters Emergency Committee advert because they say they don’t want to look like they’re taking sides. But now the British government, and the two main opposition parties (the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats) have demanded the advert be shown.
Douglas Alexander, the International Development Minister said:
“I really struggle to see in the face of the immense human suffering of people in Gaza… that this is in any way a credible argument. They [the BBC] still have time to make a different judgement to recognise the immense human suffering.”
The Conservatives said it should be shown, to let people make up their own minds. And the Liberal Democrats called the BBC’s decision “disgraceful”.
Rival broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Five will show the advert tonight.
In the past the BBC has shown every DEC appeal including highly political humanitarian disasters, like Yugoslavia, Myanmar, Darfur and he Congo.
But by banning it, the BBC is doing something more than hurting the people of Gaza, it’s politicising the neutral work of the DEC – which includes organisations like the Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Help the Aged, World Vision, CAFOD, Action Aid, Tearfund, Merlin, Care International and Concern.
If you’d like to donate to the appeal, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.