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Gaza and the issue of bias

January 15, 2009

Guys,

There’s a really interesting article on Broadcast Now about complaints on the BBC’s coverage of the Gaza conflict. Apparently complaints about the lack of impartiality in BBC reporting are coming from both sides.

I thought this could be a particularly current and relevant example to work in to our presentation.

Ali

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  1. tommytonkins permalink
    January 16, 2009 8:55 AM

    Hi Ali,

    Don’t know whether it’ll be useful or not but the message board at Medialens (a website dedicated to exposing media bias and the propoganda behind that bias) has quite a few decent posts regarding the BBC’s pro-Israeli bias. The address is http://www.medialens.org/board. There might be some stuff there that’s useful.

  2. January 20, 2009 10:05 PM

    Thanks for your comment Tommy and for the link. It’s clearly a topic that many people feel very passionate about.

    The supposed pro or anti-Israeli bias of the BBC is something which has haunted the corporation for many years. One particular thing that has come up a lot in my research is the Balen report, a report on the BBC’s coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, back in 2004.

    The BBC is still fighting a legal battle over a freedom of information request by Steven Sugar to get this report made public.

    Tom, Daphne and Owen – this is definitely something we could cover in our presentation. Some good links are below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Balen_Report

    http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=41266&c=1

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/2007/03/the_bbc_v_steven_sugar_the_bal.html

    Ali

  3. January 26, 2009 12:09 AM

    Nice guys, its so contentious I love a bit of heated debate. Good thinking on the presentation Ali.

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