Channel 4 News watch

I'm a fan of C4 News. At its best, it can be offbeat, prepared to offer a different perspective, and at ease with a diverse and multiethnic Britain. This occasional blog, though, will be largely devoted to the matter which grates on some viewers even more than some of Jon Snow's ties: the programme's tendentious reporting of Middle Eastern politics.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

To kick off ...

... an example from last night's show. Judy Aslett, in her report, which can be found here (about six & a half minutes in), states that the current tension in the Middle East began when Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit was 'kidnapped in Gaza' by Hamas (and another group). Actually, as we all know, they tunnelled out of Gaza under the internationally recognised border of Israel in order to capture him.

3 Comments:

Blogger morbo said...

Yes and we all know that countless atrocities has been committed against the Palestinians in Israel's name... oh wait a minute... you don't.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Duke_of_Chaos said...

Moron, are you one of Callum's mates or a nom de wank?

1:45 PM  
Blogger David Wearing said...

Yes, but if you really want to be accurate you can hardly overlook the fact that on June 24, the Israeli army kidnapped two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from their home in Gaza. Israel asserts that the two Palestinians were terror suspects, but such assertions carry no meaning whatsoever without evidence or judicial process - neither of which Israel shows much interest in providing when it kidnaps Palestinians.
http://web.amnesty.org/pages/isr-action-detention
http://www.btselem.org/english/Administrative_Detention/Index.asp

There are hardly any media reports on what happened to these two people. Most likely they're still in Israel's secretive prison network, which is characterised by a near absence of serious judicial process and the systematic use of torture. We don't know about them, but everyone knows the name of corporal Gilad Shalit.
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=10663

Of course, its far worse to kidnap civilians than it is to capture a soldier, not least when that soldier's army is carrying out a muderous blockade and relentlessly shelling the Gaza strip.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5066496.stm

But no one suggests that Hamas has the right to starve Israel and smash it to bits (as Israel has done to Gaza) in retaliation for the kidnappings.

Channel 4's omission of all of these facts would be a little more worthy of your criticism, if you're concerned about accuracy in its coverage of the Middle East.

11:55 AM  

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