Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of people around the world have grown up listening to the words “this is the BBC”and being variously deceived by the pro-Zionist, pro-US, pro-imperialism, pro-neocolonialism censorship of the BBC, an organization with an appalling record of Anglocentric and Eurocentric censorship, lying by omission and lying by commission .
According to Wikipedia “The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster headquartered at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster , London . It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom , Channel Islands and Isle of Man. The BBC is an autonomous public service broadcaster that operates under a Royal Charter and a Licence and Agreement from the Home Secretary. Within the United Kingdom its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee which is charged to all British households, companies and organisations using any type of equipment to record and/or receive live television broadcasts; the level of the fee is set annually by the British Government and agreed by Parliament “ (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC ).
The UK BBC has an assertedly good reputation around the world for impartial, authoritative broadcasting - but there is a lot of hard evidence that contradicts this assessment. In reality the BBC is the propaganda arm of the British Government and has an appalling record of lying by commission and omission in support of continuing British crimes against humanity. The seriousness of the lying by the BBC is qualitatively and quantitatively directly proportional to the seriousness of the offence as most clearly evident in BBC reportage of horrendous atrocities in which the UK has been involved.
Such atrocities grossly mal-reported by the BBC range from the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengali Holocaust (in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death for strategic reasons by the British with White Australian collaboration; see Gideon Polya, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”, Chapter 14, “The Bengal Famine of 1943-1944”: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/jane-austen-and-black-hole-chapter-14.html and “ABC censors Bengal Famine : 6-7 million Indians killed by UK and Australia in WW2, 1942-1945”: https://sites.google.com/site/abccensorship/abc-censors-bengali-famine ) to the continuing global avoidable mortality holocaust (in which between 1950 and 2005 some 727 million people died avoidably from deprivation in countries occupied by the British in the post-1945 era; see Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, Chapter 3, “ Correlates and causes of post-1950 avoidable global mass mortality ”: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/chapter-3-correlates-and-causes-of-post.html ).
A useful primary source of BBC lying is the BBC Search function at the top right hand corner of the BBC News website (see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ ). Thus a BBC Search for “Bengali Holocaust” (6-7 million victims and the first WW2 atrocity to have been described as a “holocaust”, by N.G. Jog in his 1944 book “Churchill's Blind-Spot: India”) yields effectively zero (0) results ( 1 mention of “Bengal” in an article devoted to Indian comments on what they would do if they were PM of India) whereas a BBC Search for “Jewish Holocaust” (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) yields 1,150 results (1,139 for BBC News).
The most egregious lying by the BBC relates to holocaust and genocidal atrocities such as the ongoing, Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-backed Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide, Somali Genocide and Libyan Genocide (post-invasion war-related violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation totaling 2.0 million, 4.6 million, 5.6 million, 2,2 million and 0.1 million, respectively) (for details and documentation not reported by the holocaust ignoring and genocide ignoring BBC see “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ ) . Accordingly precise definition of the terms “holocaust” and “genocide” is appropriate here.
Holocaust is the destruction of a large number of people. The term was first applied to a WW2 atrocity by Jog in 1944 ( Jog, N.G. (1944), “Churchill's Blind-Spot: India”, New Book Company, Bombay ) in relation to the “forgotten” man-made Bengal Famine (6-7 million Indians - many of them Muslims in a "forgotten" WW2 Muslim Holocaust - deliberately starved to death by the British, 1942-1945). It was subsequently applied to the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) which was part of a horrendous WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed in the Nazi German Lebensraum genocide).
Genocide is very precisely defined in International Law as “ acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” as set out by Article 2 of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention : “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group” (see “UN Genocide Convention”:http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow/genocide/convention.html ).
Of course holocaust ignoring – as remorselessly exhibited by the BBC – is far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial (criminalized in many European countries) because the latter at least permits public discussion. Fundamentally, honest reportage is crucial for rational risk management crucial for societal safety and which successively involves (a) accurate reportage, (b) scientific analysis (this involving the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) and (c) informed systemic change to minimize the risk of occurrence of adverse events. Unfortunately this rational risk management protocol is obscenely perverted (notably by the BBC) to (a) censorship, lying by omission, lying buy commission), (b) anti-science spin (this involving the selective use of asserted facts to support a partisan position) and (c) counterproductive , reportage-inhibiting “blame and shame” with war being the ultimate evil consequence. In short, history ignored yields history repeated.
Wonderful Englush writer Jane Austen has posed a germane series of questions that are directly relevant to this problem of BBC lying and censorship. In “Northanger Abbey” the heroine, Miss Catherine Morland, affected by the somewhat Gothic atmosphere of the Tilney family home and the romantic horrors of Mrs Radcliffe's novels, conceives the fantasy that General Tilney (the father of her beloved, Henry Tilney) has done away with the late Mrs Tilney. (Let us remind ourselves that the late Mrs. Tilney is merely one soul as compared to the millions of Bengal, Bihar and Oudh killed through the rapacity of the East India Company in the eighteenth century alone). Henry reproves Catherine as follows:
"If I understand you rightly, you have formed a surmise of such horror as I have hardly words to -. Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained. What have you been judging from? Remember the country and the age in which we live. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you. Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay everything open? Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?"
Catherine at this point rushes off to her room "with tears of shame". However to Henry Tilney's questions one can answer Yes! Yes! Yes! – the BBC plays a major role in mal-education, connivance and the ignoring and whitewashing (“Austenizing”) of British-complicit atrocities.
The BBC recently broadcast a TV series called “The Story of India” which ignored the 2 century Indian Holocaust under the British that was associated with 1,800 million avoidable Indian deaths, mainly from British-imposed deprivation. While the British ruled through starvation of its Indian subjects that was associated with massive famines from the 1769-1770 Great Bengal Famine (10 million deaths) to the 1942-1945 Bengal Famine (6-7 million Indian deaths) with scores of millions of Indians perishing from starvation in between. Yet the BBC's TV series “The Story of India” makes no mention at all of “famine” or of this Indian Holocaust that surpasses all atrocities and holocausts of human history (see Matthew White's “Atrocitology. Humanity's 100 deadliest achievements”, John Withington's “A Disastrous History of the World” and Gideon Polya's “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” that includes mortality-related histories of every country of the world: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com.au/ ). The “Censorship by the BBC” website has been created to systematically report humanity-threatening BBC censorship, lying by omission and lying by commission (see: https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/ ).
Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007:http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ockham/stories/s1445960.htm ) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010:http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ). He has published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see:http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others:http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/ bengalfamine_programme.html ). When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see:http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ andhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/ .
08 April, 2012. Countercurrents