We Condemn BBC’s censorship of the word “Palestine” | Palestine on the BBC

The Guardian, Tuesday 24 May 2011| Guardian | Letters

We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the BBC’s censorship of the word “Palestine” from a song played on The Hip Hop M1X with Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1Xtra. The edit was made three minutes into a recording by the artist Mic Righteous, with the word “Palestine” being blanked out of the lyrics “I can say ‘Free Palestine'”. As artists, academics, lawyers and parliamentarians, we oppose this attack on the principles of free speech and on the freedom of artists to express political viewpoints through art.

Mark Thomas, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Alexei Sayle, Miriam Margolyes, Benjamin Zephaniah, Ken Loach, Robert del Naja, Lowkey, Bella Freud, Bernadine Freud, Ahdaf Souief, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andy Slaughter MP, Dr Karma Nabulsi, Professor Ilan Pappé, Karen Mitchell Thompsons Solicitors, Sarah Colborne Director, Palestine Solidarity Campaign

• Tim Llewellyn points out (Media, 23 May) that the BBC broadly accepted the Israeli explanation of why it went to war on the population of Gaza, thus producing biased reports of events. Imagine, then, the surprise of the reader on finding in the same issue the assertion that “western powers began bombing Libyan targets to protect civilians in Operation Unified Protector” (Libya attacks could cost Britain £1bn by autumn, 23 May).

Hilary Cave

Chesterfield, Derbyshire


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