BBC contributors’ reactions to the death of a PIJ leader

Previously we looked at the BBC News website’s coverage of the death of the senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan due to a self-imposed hunger strike and refusal of medical care, as well as the all too predictable rocket attacks against civilian Israeli targets which followed:

BBC NEWS WEBSITE REPORTING ON PIJ HUNGER STRIKER AND ROCKET ATTACKS

Another notable aspect of that story is the reaction to Adnan’s death from some of the individuals and organisations regularly interviewed, quoted and promoted by the BBC.

‘Palestine Action’ – a group that is featured periodically on the BBC News website’s domestic pages – invited its Twitter followers to “pay respects”:

Frequent BBC contributor Omar Shakir of ‘Human Rights Watchpraised the “resilience” of the PIJ leader who called for suicide bombings against Israelis:

Another NGO regularly quoted and promoted by the BBC  – Amnesty International – managed to post a whole thread without mentioning the fact that Adnan was a member of an Iran backed internationally designated terrorist organisation:

Perennial BBC interviewee Husam Zomlot – the PLO representative in London – promoted disinformation:

One of the BBC’s most preferred contributors among Israeli NGOs, B’Tselem, referred to the “non-violent protest” of a man who lauded terrorism against civilians:

The BBC quoted, PFLP linked, NGO Al Haq mourned the “martyr”, describing Adnan’s self-imposed hunger strike as “forced execution”:

Two ‘human rights experts’ from the UNHRC – a body frequently uncritically quoted by the BBC – published a statement whitewashing Adnan’s membership of a terrorist organisation:

As we all too often have cause to note, the BBC regularly ignores its own editorial guidelines on ‘contributors’ affiliations’ according to which audiences should be informed of the “affiliations, funding and particular viewpoints” of individuals and representatives of organisations featured in its content.

Examples such as those above illustrate precisely why the BBC’s systematic failure to comply with that editorial guideline in its coverage of Israel seriously compromises audience understanding.

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  1. says: Neil C

    At the end of the day the guy decided to commit suicide by starvation in the name if martyrdom which was his own choice , just accept that and move on, but note that never ever do the BBC promote pro Israel NGO’s, well it would not fit the BBC’s pro Islamic narrative would it? So much for BBC impartiality #defundthebbc

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