BBC censors “Palestine” because, well, I mean, really, who says it’s occupied?

Seriously, this is the BBC (via Electronic Intifada):

This week, the BBC issued its final ruling on a controversy which has been raging for nearly a year after the words “Free Palestine” were censored from a freestyle rap played on Radio 1Xtra.

Appearing on the popular Charlie Sloth Hip Hop M1X last February, the artist Mic Righteous performed a rap which included the lyrics: “I can scream Free Palestine for my pride/still pray for peace.”

BBC producers replaced the word ‘Palestine’ with the sound of breaking glass and this is the version that was aired and which can be seen on a video on the BBC website(the censorship occurs at 2:59).

The edited performance was repeated in April on the same show.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has spent the last eight months trying to find out why the decision to censor an artist who raised the issue of Palestine was made.

During the course of a long correspondence, the BBC’s head of editorial standards for audio and music, Paul Smith, wrote that the show’s producer “did not edit out the word ‘Palestine’ because it was offensive — referencing Palestine is fine, but implying that it is not free is the contentious issue.”

In that single sentence, a senior BBC executive revealed the BBC’s complete disdain for the Palestinians and their suffering, and its shameful disregard for international law when it is being broken by Israel.

5 comments
  • http://twitter.com/iResistDe4iAm iResistDe4iAm

    Out of Sound, Out of Mind

    1948: Israel ethnically cleansed and wiped Palestine off the map.
    Now: BBC censors and wipes Palestine out of sound, out of mind.

  • http://twitter.com/iResistDe4iAm iResistDe4iAm

    "…referencing [Tibet] is fine, but implying that it is not free is the contentious issue.”

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  • https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/bbc-censors-palestine Dr Gideon Polya

    The BBC censors the word “Palestine” and, in addition, using the BBC Search function one finds that the BBC completely censors the term “Palestinian Holocaust” (2 million dead) and largely censors out the term “Palestinian Genocide” (2 million dead, 7 million refugees, 90% of Palestine ethnically cleansed and only 6% of 12 million Palestinians can vote for the government of Apartheid Israel that rules all of historical Palestine plus an ethnically cleansed part of Syria). In addition to its blatant anti-Arab anti-Semitism, the anti-Semitic BBC exhibits anti-Jewish anti-Semitism by censoring out the “anti-racist Jew”, “anti-racist Jews” and “anti-racist Jewish” humanitarians (for a detailed analysis see: "BBC censors "Palestine", "Palestinian Holocaust", "Palestinian Genocide", "anti-racist Jew", "anti-racist Jews" & "anti-racist Jewish" (as does Australian ABC)" : https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/… and "Censorship by the BBC": https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/. The BBC has an appalling record of pro-Zionist, pro-US, pro-war, pro-imperialism, pro-neocolonialism and racist censorship, lying by commission and lying by omission (e.g. see Gideon Polya, “Censorship by the BBC. How the BBC censors US-UK atrocities”, MWC News, 8 April 2012: http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/18092-bbc.html .

  • Komodo

    Quite apart from the blatant political motive, aren't rappers supposed to be "contentious", then? Anyway, I suppose he'd have been ok if he'd sung "Free what-is-officially-Judea-and-Samaria, the unoccupied Golan Heights and unimprisoned Gaza", but it might have been a tad harder to get into the rap scheme.