BBC! Don't Censor Palestine!
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BBC radio 1Xtra censored the word Palestine in a performance by rapper Mic Righteous on Charlie Sloth's BBC 1Xtra hip hop show. The show was originally aired in December, but Mic Righteous' set was re-aired at the end of April in a best-of episode, re-igniting controversy. A spokesperson from the BBC said the censorship was necessary to preserve the station's impartiality. You can see the clip on the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00f15g4 and the Guardian : http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/may/13/bbc-palestine-lyric-mic-righteous .
Just one day after they released an official response to the hundreds of complaints over the drowning out of the term Free Palestine, a further case of censorship has emerged. On the very same radio segment, Fire in the Booth with DJ Charlie Sloth, just a couple of months after the Mic Righteous freestyle, rapper Bigz made a guest appearance. Over a commercial hip-hop beat, he rhymes:
Come on Joe, who you know as hard as this? Bringing more fire than the..."
GAZA STRIP! So, Now we have the Gaza Strip censored by the BBC! Where will it end?
The BBC don't have a great track record of being impartial when it comes to Palestine, given their controversial and indefensible decision not to air the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza after Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. It seems that the BBC must have a reason for this, but they are not sharing it with us, the licence payer.The BBC don't seem to be accountable to anyone! They are biased and can report anything of their choosing, it can be one sided and censored, they get around this by quoting "due impartiality"
We would like the BBC and specifically Mark Thompson Director-General of the BBC to give a formal apology and to explain his reasons for this bias.