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The BBC will not support a Disaster Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza.

Their thinking behind this is that it might compromise the BBC’s impartiality. Quite apart from the controversy over this decision actually being good publicity for the appeal, the thinking behind this view seems very muddled.

Of course the war which caused the humanitarian distress in Gaza is extremely controversial. No-one is expecting the BBC to take sides on that. But why should the need to help people who are suffering be controversial? What on earth could the ‘balancing view’ as to the need to relieve suffering look like?

I look forward to the treatment of this issue in their forthcoming corporate responsibility report…