Where Do You Stand?

Send Encouragement EcardsThe New York Times reported on 27th January that BBC refused to air an appeal for aid to help the people in Gaza. Their reason, as stated by Mark Thompson, Director General of BBC, is that they want to do their reporting in a “balanced, objective way” and they don’t want to take sides in the Arab-Israel conflict.

This has prised open a lot of questions in mind. It is true that journalists and reporters have to be objective and impartial and must be fact-driven rather than feeling-driven. But when the question is about as big a human tragedy as the Gaza issue is turning out to be, it is time we extend a velvet glove rather than the iron ones. Leading aid agencies like the Red Cross, Help the Aged, Save the Children etc. are trying to reach out medical supplies and other basic necessities to help out as much as they can. It’s really time that we showed that we care.

I also see some ethical questions being raised here. Journalistic ethics are fine, but what about the human ones? Must we be so firm in our ideals that we ignore a suffering fellow-human just because some accusatory fingers will be raised? I don’t think I accept this and I really want you to voice your opinion on this. Do it here or post on the wall on the Facebook group or the Fan Page.

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5 thoughts on “Where Do You Stand?

  1. There are no winners or losers in a war.Both sides have a lot of casualties but the Israeli ans seam to be in a much worse position since they have no economical support.So everybody should give a helping hand to these people that suffer so much.

  2. B. I do not accept this either. On both sides within the Arab-Israel conflict, people had and are still suffering. Citizens made up of families, children, have died, are dying and will die. Why does the BBC refuse to air an appeal for aid? Though the Director of BBC doesn’t want to take sides- he in fact did just by stating they did not want to take sides, has taken sides. As BBC has done so in the past, so why not now? Sounds like political pressure. L.

  3. I agree with you Bob. There should be some standpoint for journalism. When it comes to aiding people, there is really nothing to do with nationality. Unfortunately not many people can see things in the same way.

  4. Whoever wins in a war, it is the civilians who suffer. They may die even before they are aware of it. There is an old saying, “to win a war for a general, thousands of people wither”. Looking back into history, the human population has remained stable for centuries, not because of natural disaster, but rather wars that have killed far more than earthquake or tsunami.

  5. B. I do not accept this either. On both sides within the Arab-Israel conflict, people had and are still suffering. Civilians made up of men, women and children have died, are dying and will die. It is not strictly military casualties. Why does BBC refuse to air an appeal for aid? Though the Director of BBC doesn’t want to take sides- he in fact has all ready done so just by stating that the BBC does not want to take sides. Hasn’t BBC done so in the past? For Israel? So why not now? Sounds like political pressure to me. So what else is new? L.

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