Arrests in Al Bireh prompt BBC mention of Psagot attack

As noted here earlier in the week, the BBC failed to report on the October 5th incident in which nine year-old Noam Glick was wounded by an attacker outside her home in Psagot.

Four days later, however, visitors to the BBC News website did finally find out about the incident in an October 9th report titled “Palestinians held over girl shot in W Bank settlement“.

Psagot arrests

Notably, when the BBC did get round to reporting this story, it ignored the subject of the praise for the attack which was posted on an official Fatah Facebook account

This report once again underscores the all too prevalent phenomenon of ‘last-first’ reporting – as seen so often in relation to missile attacks from the Gaza Strip which are frequently ignored unless Israel takes action, and with subsequent reports focusing on the Israeli response rather than the cause of that response.

This report also of course prompts the question of whether BBC audiences would have found out about the incident in Psagot at all if no arrests had later been made, as well as raising the issue of an editorial process which apparently only finds an attack on a child newsworthy when it comes as context to an Israeli action involving Palestinians. 

4 comments on “Arrests in Al Bireh prompt BBC mention of Psagot attack

  1. prompts the question of whether BBC audiences would have found out about the incident in Psagot at all if no arrests had later been made
    I’m sure they wouldn’t.

    On the plus side, at least they showed a photo of Noam herself. On past form, they could just as easily have shown a photo of the weeping parents of one of those arrested.

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