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Monday, January 26, 2009

Where the BBC falls, EFT stands up: DEC Gaza appeal 2009

The Disaster Emergencies Committee - a body of 13 leading humanitarian charities in the UK - has determined that there is an 'overwhelming humanitarian crisis' being suffered by the civilians of Gaza.

The BBC, the public broadcaster in the UK, has refused to air its national humanitarian appeal citing concerns of breaching their 'impartiality'.

When I heard this I remembered these words by Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

The BBC can't reasonably claim impartiality. The only time they have used this argument to refuse to air a DEC appeal was after the unlawful Israeli military offensive on Lebanon in 2006. The link is obvious and the effect on those suffering is unconscionable.

So, taking a stand with ITV, Channel 4 and Channel FIVE, we will put up the appeal here for viewers to check out:

And in case you didn't recognise the player in the picture above it is the former Tottenham Hotspur and current Sevilla and Mali centre-forward, Fredi Kanoute.

Tutu would admire him!


Anonymous Benjamin said...

Mark Thompson subjected himself to a two fingers up humiliation on BBC Breakfast this morning when the journalists showed him exactly what they thought by beaming the appeal up behind him whilst he was explaining exactly why the BBC would never show it. You can see it here:

1/27/2009 12:48 am

Blogger RedsMan said...

Thaks, Benjamin, I'd been busy all day yesterday and not picked up on the news when I stopped, so missed this one.

T, touching article. The words of the Archbishop simply ring very true decibels. There is only one side to be on in such situations, and if you find yourself indecisive then you are simply aiding injustice inadvertently. There is no choice to think about, deep down.


1/27/2009 8:11 am

Blogger T said...

Thanks for the link Benjamin and great words Redsman!

1/27/2009 7:29 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has this got to do with elitefootballtalk?? Talking in elite form about football, arent we? So what if the BBC don't want to show an appeal for the Gaza situation, that's their choice. Does Roque Santa Cruz play in the Gaza? Our next away game is in Palestine? No. So why bring it up here?

Football talk, so talk football. If you want to get political, then join the young peoples' parliament or change the site up. Only thing here linked to football is mentioning Kanoute. I mean, tell me the relevance of this subject on a football site and then it might make some sense. On the front of your site are these words

"Enjoy the site and we gladly welcome you to join in our discussion on the beautiful game."

Another thing - why is there a picture of Thierry Henry in the Arsenal strip? Isn't he a Barcelona player now, or did your elitefootballtalk not picked that up?

1/27/2009 8:08 pm

Blogger Abdul said...

Thnaks for posting the article T.

The last anon, some things transcend sport. The situation in Gaza is a humanitarian disaster. The DEC campaign needs as much help as possible. The article by T is EFT's way of making a small contribution to publicising the need for aid. The mere fact that you have read the article means that it has served its purpose.

1/29/2009 8:51 am

Blogger Skipper said...

Great stuff T.

Well said Abdul

2/01/2009 8:13 pm

Blogger Skipper said...

Great stuff T.

Well said Abdul

2/01/2009 8:13 pm


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