BBC Arabic reports on Syrian patients in Israeli hospitals – but not in Arabic

Over the past few months we have noted here on numerous occasions the BBC’s failure to cover the stories of Syrians wounded in the civil war in their country receiving medical care in Israel – see here, here, here and here for example.  

Now a welcome step has been taken towards changing that with a short filmed report by BBC Arabic’s Sam Farah which appeared both on BBC television news and on the Middle East page of the BBC News website on August 20th

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Unfortunately though, Sam Farah’s report does not appear to have made it to the Middle East page, the video pageor any other page on the BBC Arabic website. Isn’t this exactly the kind of news which the BBC claims to be providing for people who are unlikely to hear it from the media in their own countries?

As a former BBC Director General once said:

“The BBC’s motto is ‘Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation’ – the idea being that access to news, information and debate about different countries and cultures can ultimately help foster mutual understanding and tolerance.”

7 comments on “BBC Arabic reports on Syrian patients in Israeli hospitals – but not in Arabic

  1. Off-topic, but there was a curious statement from Israel-hater Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, based in Japan, on today’s World Service Newshour between 2 and 3 pm.

    ‘Reporting’ on the Fukushima leak, he had this to say:

    Trust in Tokyo Electric Power is at rock bottom and I don’t think it’s going to go anwhere else but down.

    Apparently he doesn’t even know what he’s saying anymore.

    [audio src="http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/newshour/newshour_20130821-1546a.mp3" /]

    His brilliant observation comes at about 18:45 in.

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  3. Perhaps the problem is the BBC and others find it too easy to access Israeli hospitals, statistics, opinions etc – there’s just no challenge in reporting from nice, safe, quiet Israel.

    Much sexier and more intrepid to report from war zones, the midst of stone-throwing rioters, and to report the views of people who sell themeselves as “victims of oppression”.

    Peace, eceonomic and humanitarian success is just too boring to report.

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