David Macilwain (VIC) writes to ABC’s Foreign Correspondent re the screening of the biased documentary “Death in the Med” 13Sep10 September 13, 2010

Following on from my previous comments on the unfortunate airing of this piece of disturbingly biased ‘reporting’, I would like to request that Mark Corcoran makes a statement at the beginning of tomorrow’s Foreign Correspondent which makes the following points:-

1 the program when broadcast by the BBC on Panorama has caused significant controversy, and significant protests, including an open letter from Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate who was on board the Mavi Marmara, and Ken O’Keefe who was seriously misrepresented by Jane Corbin.

2 the views expressed by Jane Corbin do not represent those of the ABC or of the international community, but are an attempt to legitimise actions by Israel which were a priori illegitimate. This was an armed assault on a civilian ship in international waters which resulted in the fatal shooting of nine Turkish civilians.

3 For impartial analysis of this program and demonstration of its complete failure to show us ‘what really happened’ viewers can find much information “on our website” including links to a short video by Antony Lawson which carefully dissects the sometimes subtle but disturbing bias Jane Corbin shows towards Israel’s proposterous claim that it was acting in ‘self defence’ against ‘terrorists’.

In addition to this I would like to see Mr Lawson’s deconstruction broadcast as soon as possible, and preferably around the time when the UN releases the results of its inquiries – as previewed by Mark Corcoran. There is absolutely no doubt that these inquiries will demonstrate Israel’s fault, so it is important that you contribute – this time – to those voices calling for punitive action to be taken, rather than adding to the smokescreen that Israel will undoubtedly erect.  In addition, as this whole business is about ending Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza, the ABC’s impartiality should be demonstrated by coverage that reflects this. This means showing that the ABC considers the blockade of Gaza to be illegal and agrees with the UN that it must be ‘broken’.


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