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Partial to Confusion

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…

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Being Seen to be Done

The Director of Public Prosecutions is contemplating permitting parts of trials to be televised.

The media would love it.  And transparency is good.  But it would be a far more important step to make the transcripts of trials and judgements of the Courts available on the internet.  These are mostly in the public domain – theoretically.  But in practice they are buried quite deeply and are very hard to find.

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Shooting the Moon

The ethically challenged Channel 4 claims the fact that the public might be interested in their Diana documentary means that they have a valid interest in it.

Surely this fearless seeker after the truth can distinguish between what the public wants…and what might actually be helpful to it?