The BBC is refusing to broadcast an appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee for their Gaza campaign.
The BBC does not broadcast adverts, but an exception is made for the DEC. The DEC is an umbrella group of the UK’s thirteen biggest aid agencies. They include the Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid. The DEC gets into action when major incidents happen, and a large number of lives are at risk.
The BBC, and all major British television and radio stations routinely broadcast DEC appeals for free. Celebrities often present the adverts.
But this time it was different. The BBC said broadcasting it would undermine public confidence in its impartiality. But it is still happy to run news stories about the DEC Gaza appeal.
The DEC says the ban will definitely reduce the amount of money they get – and that will directly affect people in Gaza who are crying out for help.
So is the BBC right? Would viewers think the BBC was taking sides? Or does the relief effort transcend politics?