A video currently appearing on the BBC News website’s Middle East page includes the following statements:
“There are strict controls on the movement of goods and people going in and out of Gaza.
Israel and Egypt tightened their blockade after Hamas, a militant group, took control in 2007.”
Similar messaging – often with political overtones – is frequently seen in content provided to BBC audiences.
“Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade around Gaza aimed at preventing attacks by militants there, though the measure has been condemned by rights groups as a form of collective punishment.” BBC News website, February 13th 2017.
“…the stifling border closures the Israeli government says are for security, the people here say are for collective punishment.” BBC World Service radio, February 1st 2017.
“One of the reasons Gaza’s often described as the largest open-air prison in the world is the difficulty of getting across the border…
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