Gaza: more than a media row

A week is a long time… my petition calling for a ceasefire in Gaza was thankfully overtaken by events, but is now sadly topical once more.

Meanwhile, the BBC and Sky’s decisions not to show the DEC emergency appeal for Gaza have been much discussed. (The Lib Dems have linked to the appeal film on the party’s website.)

The media, understandably, find stories about the media handling of an issue as interesting as the issue itself. As a result, the DEC appeal has had almost more high profile coverage from the no-show; and people who might have switched off, mentally or literally, from an appeal broadcast, will now know all about it.

Will Self argues that we must not let another row over the BBC distract us from the issues on the ground.


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