The BBC is selectively covering negative stories about Muslims and completely ignoring stories where they are the victims. They completely ignored a recent story about India’s hardline Hindu nationalist BJP government using lethal force to evict Bangladeshi Muslims from their homes in Assam and encouraging Hindu extremists to beat up, shoot and even kill Muslim residents. At the time of this report, a Muslim man had been stomped to death by Hindu nationalists and a 12yr old Muslim boy had been shot and killed by Indian police officers.
Today, the BBC have published an extensive article covering a story about Bangladeshi Muslim “religious fundamentalists” attacking and killing Hindu residents in Bangladesh.
The BBC talks the talk of impartiality and balance but it absolutely does not walk the walk. How many times have we heard defenders of the Israeli government claim that reporting on Israeli atrocities against Palestinian Muslims, without context, is somehow Anti-Semitic. Does that rule only apply to Israel then? Is it ok to report exclusively on atrocities committed by Muslims without context? Is that not therefore Islamophobic?
Personally, I think the whole question of context is a distraction. There should be no qualification required to report on any kind of criminal act or atrocity but I do take issue with the extremely selective choices being made by the BBC – zealously covering stories where Muslims are the perpetrators but completely ignoring stories where they are the victims. Is this state TV engaging in narrative control to serve the agenda of their paymaster (the British government), an agenda that protects Britain’s military and economic allies, like India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US? The facts would certainly suggest so.
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