I have just received news from activists that they have occupied the Glasgow offices of the BBC. The backlash against the BBC has been unprecedented. Having first slavishly followed the Israeli propaganda line, the BBC is now denying the collection of much needed aid for the long-suffering denizens of Gaza . This is not a trivial matter: as Tony Benn put it, people will die as a consequence of the BBC’s choices. And this in this case, its choices have been dictated by the Israeli embassy.
Update: Here is press statement from those occupying the BBC’s Scottish headquarters in Glasgow which I would encourage all to forward to their media contacts:
Around 5pm this evening about 50 demonstrators occupied the BBC Scotland headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow in a protest over the failure of the BBC to broadcast the DEC appeal for Gaza. (Photos here)
Scottish Television (based just next door) have refused to cover the story citing a policy not to cover demonstrations at rival media institutions.
Police were called and threats of arrests were made.