For some reason, this page, explaining why I stopped my Direct Debit for my TV license has had a consistent stream of hits. This is an update:
5 Jan 2010
Dear Sir or Madam
I enclose a cheque for £142.49 as payment for my TV licence. As you will see, it is 1p short of the full amount. The reason for this is that the BBC refused to screen the DEC Appeal for Gaza. This decision was unacceptable. Irrespective of the provocation for Israel’s action by Hamas’ irrational and terrorizing rocket attacks, thousands of Gaza civilians were injured and rendered homeless by Israel’s operation.
The Geneva Convention states: Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity.
The BBC Director’s decision went against the spirit of the convention by denying a proportion of the humanitarian aid that would have been raised as a result of the broadcast. It grieves me to have to take issue with the BBC, because I am a supporter of public service broadcasting, but I have to make a stand against political prejudice and anti-humanitarian tendencies on the part of the BBC management. My deduction of 1p is a small token of my dissent from the political decision made by your Director.
where the aid went