On April 27th the BBC News website ran a story titled “North Belfast: Police appeal after petrol bombs thrown“. That story was not an isolated case; in recent weeks the BBC has reported on several additional incidents of petrol bombings in Northern Ireland – see for example here, here, here and here.
Obviously the BBC rightly considers petrol bomb attacks to be newsworthy – in some locations at least. However, as we know, two hundred and fifty six petrol bomb attacks carried out against Israeli citizens between January and March 2015 were not reported by the BBC and even incidents resulting in serious injuries have been ignored.
As has been noted here before (see related articles below), a marked difference in editorial policy is apparent between the BBC’s reporting of events close to home and its presentation – or lack of it – of similar topics in the Middle East.
Where can terrorism be named as such by the BBC?
More evidence of BBC double standards on terrorism
BBC double standards on paramilitary murals
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