Our monthly summaries of BBC News website coverage of Israel and the Palestinians show that throughout 2019 audiences saw eight and a half times more coverage of internal Israeli affairs than they did of internal Palestinian affairs. Four of the year’s twelve months (May, October, November and December) saw no reporting on Palestinian affairs whatsoever.
Throughout the year the BBC produced four reports concerning internal Palestinian politics. Audiences learned of the new Palestinian Authority prime minister three months after he had taken office and were not informed of the resignation of the previous government.
Five arrested after Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation raided (5/1/19) discussed here
Palestinian Authority removes staff from Gaza-Egypt crossing (7/1/19) discussed here
Anger at Palestinian ministers’ secret 67% pay rises (6/6/19) discussed here
The economic crises in PA controlled areas and the Gaza Strip were the topic of just two reports throughout the year:
US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza Yolande Knell (1/2/19) discussed here
Gaza economic protests expose cracks in Hamas’s rule Yolande Knell (18/3/19) discussed here
BBC coverage of social affairs within Palestinian society during 2019 included two reports about sex education (one of which was removed without explanation) published in July:
Talking about sex no longer so taboo in the Arab world Shereen El Feki (17/7/19)
The same month BBC audiences saw a report about a singer which did not provide any substantial information on the issue of the challenges faced by LGBTQ Palestinians living under Hamas or Palestinian Authority rule.
Meet Bashar Murad: The Palestinian singer blurring gender lines Newsbeat (14/7/19) discussed here
In September the BBC News website published two reports about the murder of a Palestinian woman.
Israa Ghrayeb: Palestinian woman’s death prompts soul-searching Tom Bateman (16/9/19) discussed here
Issues the BBC chose to ignore in 2019 included the arrests of Palestinians by the PA in connection to property sales, protests against social security reforms, legal cases concerning the torture of Palestinian citizens, Palestinian Authority harassment of LGBTQ activists and hate speech in school text books.
As has often been observed here in the past, only very occasionally do BBC audiences see stand-alone reports concerning internal Palestinian affairs which are not framed within the context of ‘the conflict’ and do not have an Israel-related component. That editorial policy continued throughout 2019.