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BBC report from Gaza. 15 January, 2004

 
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David C
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To Richard Sambrook, Head of News, BBC.
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Dear Richard,

I was dismayed at the report from Gaza in the 11am News Bulletin today
Thursday 15 Jan.

In this report your newsreader described the deaths of 4 "Israelis" at a
Gaza strip checkpoint - but without mentioning that those killed were
soldiers, members of an illegal military occupation force.

He also reported the statement of an Israeli Government minister describing
the attack as "terrorism" without providing commentary, context or any other
point of view. However "terrorism" is normally taken to mean attacks against
civilians.

Taken together, these two omissions give the false impression that the
targets of the attack were civilians and that the attack was indeed
"terrorist".

May I remind you that an attack against soldiers, members of an illegal
occupation force, is hardly "terrorism", any more than the French resistance
was "terrorist" in its attacks against the German occupying forces during
World War 2 - except, doubtless, in the reports of Nazi propagandists.

Indeed a people suffering illegal military occupation has a specific right
in international law to resist that occupation by means of force, and it
appears that this right was being exercised in this instance. In other
words, it was not terrorist at all.

The report also failed to mention that the attack occured at the infamous
Erez military checkpoint, well known for its humiliation and degradation of
Palestinian workers seeking work, and mothers seeking medical attention for
their children. This contextual information is also important in
understanding the motivation for the attack.

Please can you be more careful in your use of language in describing the
conflict arising from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory, and
correct the errors made in this instance in subsequent broadcasts.

Sincerely, Oliver Tickell


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Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:18 pm
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Sue S



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Hi David,

I would strongly advise NOT publishing e-mail addresses on an open forum such as this one. Most spam mail is generated by software that crawls through the WWW picking up e-mail addresses, the gentleman above will not be pleased if he gets spammed.

Sue.
Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:29 pm
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David C
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Thanks Sue - you're quite right! I've fixed it now. :roll:

Hopefully not too much damage was done.

David
Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:00 pm
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andreas
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DavidC,
Sue has a point but then again what are we to do with the media contacts page? Should it not stay in place (maybe replacing the symbol @ with (at) and the like) ? On the other hand, with BBC's long experience with news filters one would also expect them to have some pretty good anti-spam ones :-)
Anyway, as an admin could you also remove the Sambrook email address from the "BBC replies - unbiased impartiality" Guest post I put in the Letters forum?
thanks
Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:17 pm
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Sue S



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Hi,

I was, of course, more concerned that the writer of the letter not be spammed. Richard Sambrooke deserves all the spam he gets Smile

Sue Twisted Evil
Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:25 pm
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duh! silly me
[sheepish emoticon here]-)
Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:36 pm
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David Traynier



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The main Medialens site uses 'Webpoison' to prevent net crawlers from harvesting addresses, I believe. I don't think that applies to this forum, however, so I would also suggest using (at) or some other corruption.


'DIE! SPAMMER, DIE' used to be an old favourite Confused
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:14 pm
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MarkW



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I believe Richard Sambrook's email has been published in many Medialens alerts.

A new anti-spam method is to use something like 'user /at/ domain.com'
Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:46 am
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Suttonian



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MMM.... Heres some quotes from a recent essay I had to write on the subject of Spam! Laughing Might be useful for people who need to use the new techniques.... sorry for going out of topic.

Quote:
Email addresses left on message boards and websites attract the most spam. Therefore it is recommended for people to “munge” their email addresses. This means that people should try to disguise their email addresses by not having them in the correct form. For example, myemail -( at )- domain )-dot-( com, instead of myemail@domain.com..............

..............................Although the advice given concerning spam and viruses is sound, these problems will most likely persist for a considerable time. It is possible to protect oneself by remaining vigilant at all times and using software to counter the problems. But, the problem of viruses and spam will remain in the Internet.
Given the diverse and radically changing nature of threats to computers using the Internet, it is not adequate to merely protect ones computer from each virus and spam email. Rather, the Internet community must work together to combat spam by using the Internet responsibly. This entails not leaving email addresses in places like forums and web pages. Also, opening email attachments cautiously, as most viruses are spread through attachments. The web developer has a responsibility to build websites using the latest email friendly techniques, for example, by not using the common “mailto:” format, which is read by “harvest” spiders and robots. By using the methods of avoiding both spam and viruses as shown above, and educating fellow users, the threat of junk mail and viruses could be significantly reduced.



Sp people..... it looks like you need to MUNGE!!
Mon Jan 26, 2004 8:39 pm
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