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01 August 2007

John Pilger Points To BBC Anti-Palestine Stance ...

John Pilger, renowned investigative journalist and documentary film-maker, is one of only two to have twice won British journalism's top award; his documentaries have won academy awards in both the UK and the US.

In a New Statesman survey of the 50 heroes of our time, Pilger came fourth behind Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. "John Pilger," wrote Harold Pinter, "unearths, with steely attention facts, the filthy truth. I salute him."
See why we so often pick up on a John Pilger piece?

Seen his latest (so-called-liberal-BBC), expose?

Here's how he opens.
It Never Happened...

By John Pilger - Published 26 July 2007

Concealed during the Alan Johnston kidnap crisis was the fate of a Palestinian cameraman shot by the Israelis. The BBC, desperate to deny charges of "bias", refused to follow the story.
Then he goes on:
One of the leaders of demonstrations in Gaza calling for the release of the [kidnapped] BBC reporter Alan Johnston was a Palestinian news cameraman, Imad Ghanem. On 5 July, he was shot by Israeli soldiers as he filmed them invading Gaza. A Reuters video shows bullets hitting his body as he lay on the ground. An ambulance trying to reach him was also attacked. The Israelis described him as a "legitimate target". The International Federation of Journalists called the shooting "a vicious and brutal example of deliberate targeting of a journalist".

At the age of 21, he has had both legs amputated.

Dr David Halpin, a British trauma surgeon who works with Palestinian children, emailed the BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen. "The BBC should report the alleged details about the shooting," he wrote. "It should honour Alan [Johnston] as a journalist by reporting the facts, uncomfortable as they might be to Israel."

He received no reply.

The atrocity was reported in two sentences on the BBC online. Along with 11 Palestinian civilians killed by the Israelis on the same day, Alan Johnston's now legless champion slipped into what George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four called the memory hole. (It was Winston Smith's job at the Ministry of Truth to make disappear all facts embarrassing to Big Brother.)

While Alan Johnston was being held, I was asked by the BBC World Service if I would say a few words of support for him. I readily agreed, and suggested I also mention the thousands of Palestinians abducted and held hostage. The answer was a polite no; and all the other hostages remained in the memory hole.

Or, as Harold Pinter wrote of such unmentionables: "It never happened. Nothing ever happened . . . It didn't matter. It was of no interest."
And there's much more absolutely unmissable stuff in this (also absolutely unmissable), latest Pilger power piece.

Why, he even gets round to 'mentioning' Rupert Mudoch.

Now, please read all Pilger's marvelous article.


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Anonymous bluey said...

John Pilger and Robert Fisk are in a journalistic class of their own. Unless I've forgotten anyone?

4:42 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

I am truly sorry to learn of the BBC's complicity in the conspiracy of silence that surrounds Palestine. In fact I am shocked that even when confronted with facts from a reliable source that cannot be refuted, they refused to print the truth.

It's bad enough to print a story that fits an existing "narrative" without asking questions and confirming, but refusing to print the truth when the facts are handed to them is despicable.

Where on earth would we be without journalists like Pilger and Fisk? They, fortunately, have enough reputation to be pretty widely read in our two countries.

5:56 am  

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