Sky News joins BBC in not broadcasting Gaza aid appeal

Where is the line between journalism and campaigning?  Does news media need to be unbiased?  Is there such a thing as journaistic integrity?  Is there a line and should there be one?

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Sky News has followed the BBC in announcing it will not broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for aid in Gaza.

By Urmee Khan and Jon Swaine
Telegraph (UK)

Sky News has followed the BBC in announcing it will not broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for aid in Gaza.

Sky News has followed the BBC in announcing it will not broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for aid in Gaza. Photo: AFP

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It joins the Corporation in declining to air a two-minute video clip for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Gaza Crisis Appeal.

John Ryley, the head of Sky News, said: “Our commitment as journalists is to cover all sides of [the] story with uncompromising objectivity.”

The decision came minutes after Mark Thompson, the Director General of the BBC, acknowledged the extent of suffering in Gaza but reaffirmed the corporation’s refusal to broadcast the aid appeal.

Responding to widespread criticism of his decision, Mr Thompson said that while there is “great suffering going on”, to broadcast the appeal would be “out of keeping with the absolutely strict obligations we have to be impartial.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “Many aspects of the human side of this are themselves contentious and are being debated – should there be a war crimes process, will international institutions in Gaza be … under Hamas supervision … why did it happen and what’s going to happen.

“This story is best told in the context of journalistic programmes, where assertions can be challenged, where claims can be tested and where everything can be put into a balanced context.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/434354
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ncy-Gaza-aid-appeal.html

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3 Responses to “Sky News joins BBC in not broadcasting Gaza aid appeal”

  1. alain Says:

    well that’s a shocker, the british equivalent of Fox News refuses to air a humanitarian appeal for gaza because it would ‘compramise’ its ‘ impartiality’ what a joke….

    • arturoafc54 Says:

      I knew someone would mention Sky’s bias. But the BBC is often likened to the NYT so the score is even….

  2. anapaula08 Says:

    This is such a shame. There is a slaughter in Gaza. The media coverage is absolutely pro-Israel. Nobody shows what’s going on in Gaza, but whenever there is a dead or a bomb exploding in Israel, it makes headlines everywhere. A bomb exploding an empty building in Israel is more important as news than 1,400 civilians dead in Gaza.

    It’s time to review our ethical and moral concepts!

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