Archive for the ‘BBC’ Category

Obama Uses Company That Refuses to Stand Up To China for On Line Town Hall

March 26, 2009

Nobody in the United States can probably ever again stand up to China: now that the Chinese virtually own America and the Obama Administration will add to what China owns and the money U.S. taxpayers give to China in debt and interest payments….

So today President Obama Himself added to Google’s world wide luster by using Google’s “Moderator” for his Internet on line town hall meeting.

Google should be ashamed, though, of how it has knuckled under to Chinese pressure and how Google refuses to admit that it is aiding and abetting China’s miserable and barbaric acts of human rights abuses….

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an Obama buddy….

So the President of the United States can use Google to get his message out and when Tibetan protesters put a video on Google’s YouTube to get their message out and China blocks YouTube: the American media is silent….

Seems like America’s talk about human rights is just that: talk.

Obama shakes hands with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt.

Barack Obama and Google CEO Eric Schmidt shake hands.
Photo: AP

Google Moderator is White House Choice:
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/2
0090325/tc_pcworld/obamauseswebto
solicitquestionsfrompublic_1

Google and Obama:
http://www.politico.com/news/st
ories/1108/15487.html

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
03/26/obamas-online-townhall-w
hats-really-going-on/

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 U.S. Ability to Speak Out On Human Rights in China — Tougher Every Day

Inside China’s Fight Against Internet Addiction

China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

China Extends War on Free Speech Hidden by Fight Against Porn into Cell Phones

Chinese censor parts of Obama speech dealing with dissent, communism

 Internet Limits on Sex, Porn Used to Mask Limits on Freedom, Human Rights?

 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
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“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

Most American Media Ignore Reasons Behind China-YouTube Debacle — BBC Has Stones

March 25, 2009

China pulled the plug on YouTube: cutting off 300 million Chinese viewers.

The issue is one of free speech and international access.

But it is also about censorship and control.  A video of Chinese police beating a Tibetan protester to death is at the heart of China’s new action.

Most U.S. media have only reported that China pulled the YouTube plug.  Nothing more.

That is a crime on top of a crime — so as not to rile China we suspect.

This allows China to restrict freedom of speech and to violate norms of human rights everywhere else….

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BBC

China’s move to block YouTube has been criticised by a leading advocacy group that promotes constitutional liberties in the digital age.

The Centre for Democracy and Technology told the BBC: “China’s actions fail to live up to international norms.”

The video sharing site has been off limits in China since Monday.

“China’s apparent blocking of YouTube is at odds with the rule of law and the right to freedom of expression,” said CDT president Leslie Harris.

“Anytime a country limits or takes down content online , it must be forthright and specific about its actions and do so only in narrowly defined circumstances consistent with international human rights and the rule of law,” stated Ms Harris.

Google, which owns YouTube, told the BBC that it had no idea why the Chinese government had taken this action.

“We don’t know the reason for the block and are working to restore access to users in China as quickly as possible,” said spokesperson Scott Rubin.

Tibet

Earlier in the week, the BBC reported from Beijing that China cut off access to the website because it carried a video showing soldiers beating monks and other Tibetans.

The graphic video was released by Tibetan exiles and showed hundreds of uniformed Chinese troops swarming through a Tibetan monastery. It included footage of a group of troops beating a man with batons.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/te
chnology/7962718.stm

“Free Palestine” Turning into “Hate Jews” in Some Places; Activists Urged to Cool Off

January 31, 2009

Israel’s military action in Gaza opened an old wound one more time.  And few are in the middle of this issue: millions support the Palestinians with their every fiber and millions also stand with Israel.

Perhaps growing state support from Iran and others has fueled anger and hate.  Certainly Iran’s President Ahmadinejad and his statement that “The Zionist State [Israel] should be wiped from the map” is not helpful.

Last week after the BBC refused to air a charity appeal meant to raise money for displaced Gazans the network was the subject of intense criticism and protests — and Iran closed the BBC persian service in Tehran.

Now some are saying “enough is enough.”

In Britain, the National Union of Students is urging students to relent on their pro-Palestine protests which have become decidedly anti-Israeli and anti-Jew.

“The protesters need to find new ways to campaign vocally without causing disruption to students on campus” Wes Streeting, N.U.S. president, told CNN.

And Barack Obama has dispatched special envoy George Mitchell to the region to seek a lasting peace….

The CNN Report:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD
/europe/01/30/uk.students.gaza/ind
ex.html

Related:
Rocket From Gaza Hits Israel; Isreal Threatens More Military Action

Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is ... 
Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is facing more pressure to broadcast a charity appeal for funds for people in Gaza, as the Archbishop of Canterbury joins the row and more than 50 MPs sign a motion condemning the move.(AFP/Frantzesco Kangaris)

Israeli President, Turkey PM In “Amicable” Conversation; Some Media Magnifies Dispute

January 30, 2009

CNN and other impartial media are downplaying the discussion between Turkey’s  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The media in Turkey and elsewhere are playing up the dust up, claiming Israel insulted Turkey and the Israeli side apologized.

That just isn’t so, Israel says.

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage Thursday, as Israeli President Shimon Peres sits, left. 

Above: Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage Thursday, as Israeli President Shimon Peres sits, left. Some media said Erdogan “stormed” out.

Thankfully, some media remain unbiased and impartial, as we see in this CNN report:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD
/europe/01/30/davos.erdogan.peres
/index.html

This event highlights the volatility of the world situation and how the media can add to or slow down disagreements.

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Gaza Fight Thunders Across Middle East, Britain, France, Media

Free, Unbiased Media Under Fire: U.N. Chief Boycots Network

January 28, 2009

Free speech and free press and media are cornerstone of any well functioning free and democratic society.  In China and Vietnam, two remaining communists nation, these basic human rights don’t exist; and efforts to promote free media and free press often come under fire.

But the media can be persuaded and pressured too; and this is a much more subtle destruction of the media right to preserve its own unbiased view…..

The BBC is currently under fire for electing not to air a charity plea to help people in Gaza.  The BBC says the video uses the same images used by the network to depict the news.  The BBC also says the video is not impartial and has a clear bias — that the BBC would like to keep at arms length.  The result has been huge protests in London, the closing by Iran of BBC’s Persian network, and now a top U.N. official has cancelled his scheduled interviews on BBC….

BBC director general Mark Thompson had said airing the appeal would compromise the BBC’s impartiality.

Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is ... 
Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is facing more pressure to broadcast a charity appeal for funds for people in Gaza, as the Archbishop of Canterbury joins the row and more than 50 MPs sign a motion condemning the move.(AFP/Frantzesco Kangaris)

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The head of the UN atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, has cancelled planned interviews with the BBC in protest at the British broadcaster’s refusal to air a Gaza charity appeal, the IAEA said Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency said that the “director general has cancelled his scheduled BBC World Service TV and radio interviews because of the BBC management’s refusal to broadcast the DEC’s (Disasters Emergency Committee) humanitarian appeal for Gaza.”

“He believes this decision violates the rules of basic human decency which are there to help vulnerable people irrespective of who is right or wrong,” said spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.

Both the BBC and Sky News refused to air the appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of 13 charities including Oxfam and the British Red Cross, which kicks in with coordinated fundraising after disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

ITV, Channel 4 and Five, Britain’s three other terrestrial television broadcasters beside the BBC, have all aired the appeal.

And top Church of England archbishops, government ministers, opposition spokesmen, more than 11,000 viewers and 50 lawmakers have called for the BBC to reconsider its decision.

But BBC director-general Mark Thompson insists that the corporation will not change its mind.

Egyptian-born ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for his work at the IAEA, is scheduled to step down in November after three terms as the UN nuclear watchdog’s chief.

–AFP

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http://bernielatham.wordpress.com/2009/0
1/28/bbcsky-refusal-to-air-appeal-for-gaza-st
ill-causing-anger-and-debate/

Gaza Fight Thunders Across Middle East, Britain, France, Media

January 26, 2009

The guns are silent, or nealy so, in Gaza as Hamas and Israel try to make an agreement and forge a way ahead.

But in many parts of the world, people are choosing sides and discussing who is right, what is justice and how to respond to the Gaza fight.

In the Middle East, leaders in Egypt and Saudi Arabia are telling people to keep an open mind.  But thousands marched in pro-Hamas rallies in Lebanon and other Middle East countries.

In London yesterday, thousands protested the BBC for not showing a video asking for aid contributions for Gazans.  The BBC sid it wanted to stay impartial; but BBC Persian was closed in Iran where the government said it was pro-Israel.

In the media world, any nation seeming to take a side, like the BBC and Sky news, is gaining criticism and scorn.

In France, Jews and Muslims are trying to live together.  But the battle of Gaza has spilled into France….

NPR says, “The recent conflict in Gaza touched nerves in France, which is home to Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities. Despite the cease-fire in Gaza, many say the fighting there has done lasting damage to relations between Muslims and Jews in France.”

Go to NPR and hear their broadcast:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.
php?storyId=99861094&ft=1&f=1004

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Sky News joins BBC in not broadcasting Gaza aid appeal

BBC Insists It Is Not The “Barack Broadcasting Channel”

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Sky News joins BBC in not broadcasting Gaza aid appeal

January 26, 2009

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
3/Sky-News-joins-BBC-in-not-broadcasting-DEC-emerge
ncy-Gaza-aid-appeal.html

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http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/e
urope/01/25/bbc.gaza.advert/index.html

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BBC Report:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7849943.stm

BBC Insists It Is Not The “Barack Broadcasting Channel”

January 25, 2009

News media have found rough waters in the sea of impartiality lately.

Swept up into the tidal wave of pro-Obama news, some channels, networks and news organizations were criticized as too pro-Obama.

In the United States, more than a few pundits took aim at MSNBC for its pro-Obama bias.

In Israel, it is Channel 10 taking the heat as the “Obama Channel” after it aired the American President’s inauguration Tuesday while Israel troops were on the move.

But in the London media, the venerated BBC took a few hits which caused the media giant to reassert its impartiality in all things.

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The result of that impartial rigor was seen today from another media mobilizing tidal wave: the Pro-Hamas and anti-Israel faction.

Today the BBC was surrounded by protestors trying to convince the BBC to air a charity video for those harmed or killed in the fighting in Gaza with Israel.

The “BEEB” says it still refuses to show the film and will try to remain unbiased….

Related:

BBC In Hot Water; Accused Of Not Helping Victims

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/e
urope/01/25/bbc.gaza.advert/index.html

Iran Shuts BBC Persian After Network Critical of Cowardice Among Hamas

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Palin Assassinated by the Media, MSNBC In Particular?

BBC Report:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7849943.stm

BBC In Hot Water; Accused Of Not Helping Victims

January 25, 2009

In Gaza, the BBC claims it is trying not to become a part of the story.  But the media is so a part of many stories these days that the BBC is finding it hard to stay a news vehicle with impartiality as a sacred goal.

Charities have developed a video seeking donations that will benefit, almost entirely, Gazans suffering after the Israeli Defense Force action that started in December.

The corporation has resisted pressure to follow rival channels ITV, Channel 4 and Five who are to show the DEC film in Britain and around the world..

DEC stands for Disasters Emergency Committee, which includes the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children and 10 other charities.

Several British ministers and the Archbishop of York have urged the BBC to air the appeal. But Britain’s Culture Secretary Andy Burnham says the BBC has a tough call to make and has to live with its own decisions.

Protestors supporting DEC mobbed the BBC in London on Sunday.

Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is ... 
Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is facing more pressure to broadcast a charity appeal for funds for people in Gaza, as the Archbishop of Canterbury joins the row and more than 50 MPs sign a motion condemning the move.(AFP/Frantzesco Kangaris)

The BBC says it will not air the video to preserve its impartiality.  But Gazan and others that favor Hamas are now attacking the BBC as a pro-Israel network.

The BBC was already in trouble in Iran for “illegal activities.”  There, the Iranian government closed the BBC Persian network for reasons that remain unclear.   But news analysts say the BBC has not done enough to highlight the plight of the Gazans killed and injured by the Israeli attack, in Iran’s view….

Related:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/e
urope/01/25/bbc.gaza.advert/index.html

Iran Shuts BBC Persian After Network Critical of Cowardice Among Hamas

BBC Report:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7849943.stm

Iran Shuts BBC Persian After Network Critical of Cowardice Among Hamas

January 21, 2009

Iran has decided that the BBC’s Persian service is illegal.  Iranians cannot work for BBC Persian and the network is basically shut down with no broadcasting while talks ensue.

Iran says the BBC Persian is “illegal,” and little else.

BBC says the news it broadcasts on the channel is gathered from abroad, using sources within Iran.

BBC says the news it broadcasts on the channel is gathered from abroad, using sources within Iran.

But the shutdown came just after the BBC featured stories of Hamas cowardice during the war with Israel.  The BBC World Service wondered where all the Hamas fighters went while Israel”s troops and tanks moved across Gaza.

Hamas boasted about how few men it lost in the fighting.  The BBC wondered why more fighters weren’t lost to Israeli fire or even seen by the Israelis.

The BBC also wondered why a Hamas rally in Gaza on Wednesday only drew a few hundred Gazan supporters.  Such rallies in the past would include thousands of Gazans….

In Jerusalem, the Post ran news stories further linking Hamas and Iran.  The Jerusalem Post said the Hamas war plan was basically written by Iranians.  The newspaper quoted Israeli Defense Force (IDF) officials who said Israel beat Hamas and Iran in Gaza….

Related:
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meas
t/01/21/iran.bbc.persian/index.html

China Censors Obama Speech, Iran Kills BBC TV: Free Speech Under Attack

Jerusalem Post:
http://www.jpost.com/

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