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Thread #172831   Message #4193804
Posted By: Steve Shaw
18-Dec-23 - 04:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: Hamas attacks Israel - part II
Subject: RE: BS: Hamas attacks Israel - part II
The BBC came under extremely heavy criticism from the right at the beginning of this conflict for failing to condemn Hamas as terrorists. The public service remit of the licence fee-funded BBC is to be neutral and unbiased in its news reporting. "Reporting" is the operative word. News bulletins that, for example, constantly referred to Hamas as terrorists would, in effect, be mixing news with comment, the very thing that we criticise the tabloids for. I'm not a news reporter and I can freely give my opinion that Hamas commits terrorist acts. The BBC is not in the same place. As for keeping journalists safe in Gaza, it's worth pointing out that dozens of journalists have been killed in Gaza, almost all, as far as I know, by IDF shelling.