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The BBC are praised for training Palestinian journalists…from what I saw it would seem the Palestinians had little to learn from the BBC in terms of presenting their case…whereas the BBC journalists had rings run around them and were gulled into presenting Palestinian propaganda as news….though of course they perhaps were already primed mentally to accept whatever was given to them…..the tears of a Palestinian child in photograph saying so much more than words ever can etc….
Politicians from across the Arab world congratulated BBC Arabic on reaching its 75th anniversary on Thursday and recognised the role it had played in their region.
They praised it as a ‘much-needed outlet’ for news and views that had been suppressed by some state media and for training a generation of Arab and Palestinian journalists in impartial newsgathering.
Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestinian democracy activist and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, believed the BBC gave too much space to the Israeli voice, but he said its training of Arab and Palestinian journalists – some of whom had become ‘icons of the Arab media’ – had been among the BBC’s ‘most important achievements’.