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: http://www.dec.org.uk/item/200
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!
The link again: http://www.dec.org.uk/item/200