(1) The BBC implies Israel to blame for suicide and wife-beating in Gaza, with no mention that mental health services are among those affected by the deliberate under-funding of Gaza health services by the Palestinian Authority.
(2) The BBC resurrects an at least 11-day-old report about mental health with a very long introduction entirely about violence on the Gaza border .
(3) The BBC singles out and names one dead “demonstrator” with no attempt to find out or describe how he died or what he was doing,
this evening (sunday 5th), 9.51-9.56am, on bbc world service radio (repeated from eleven days ago, wednesday 25th july, on today on bbc radio 4)
newshour (presented by jon donnison) includes …
“The tension on Gaza’s boundary with Israel continues to simmer, as it has done now for months. Doctors in the Palestinian territory say a 15 year old boy shot by Israeli soldiers is the latest to die. Muadh al-Suri was among thousands of Palestinian demonstrators who gathered at the border on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation. The Israeli military says Hamas miltants seeking to launch attacks across the border use the regular mass demonstrations there as cover. This year the United Nations says more than 160 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes, with thousands more injured, putting enormous strain on Gaza’s hospitals. But as Paul Adams discovered on a recent visit to Gaza, health workers are worried about something much more long-term, the deteriorating mental health of the area’s nearly two million people.”
including contributions from …
• bbc reporter paul adams
• rada al jerdah, gaza community mental health worker
• dave hutton, head of the unrwa gaza community mental health programme
(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:49:30 at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w25870hkcb8#playt=45m5s)