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A large banner is held up outside BBC HQ renaming it the Biased Broadcasting Corporation. London. 24th January 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

End the Blockade of Gaza BBC Independence Protest. London. 24th January 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-01-24 00:00:00

Thousands gather in London to protest the ongoing blockade of Gaza a week after the impromptu withdrawal of the Israeli military from its neighbour.

The Israeli assault has left thousands dead, injured, homeless and dispersed. Much of Gaza itself has been destroyed leaving the Gazan people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. In the days leading up to the protest, the UKs DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) asks UK broadcasters to allot air time so an appeal can be made for help.

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) refuse and veto the request inferring that its viewers may find the appeal partisan, thereby undermining the wider publics perception of the BBCs independence. The following day, other UK broadcasters abandon the BBC to its position and decide to schedule the appeal anyway.

The BBC, throughout the Israeli assault on Gaza, have been widely criticised for the tone of its presentation.

London. 24th January 2009.

A poster is stuck to a wall reading LIFT THE ISRAELI BLOCKADE ON GAA, FOR A DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PALESTINE.

A poster is stuck to a wall reading LIFT THE ISRAELI BLOCKADE ON GAA, FOR A DEMOCRATIC SECULAR PALESTINE.

People gather to hold the protest. A man gathers with a placard reading NO LIEBENSRAUM. Lebensraum is a word that was used by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler to describe the forced expansion of Germany into neighbouring territories due to Germany being overpopulated.

People gather to hold the protest. A man gathers with a placard reading NO LIEBENSRAUM. Lebensraum is a word that was used by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler to describe the forced expansion of Germany into neighbouring territories due to Germany being overpopulated.

The protest gathers outside Portland Place, where the BBC are headquartered, in order to put pressure on the BBC to allow airtime to be scheduled for use by the DEC to invoke the nations humanitarian provisions for the people of Gaza.

The protest gathers outside Portland Place, where the BBC are headquartered, in order to put pressure on the BBC to allow airtime to be scheduled for use by the DEC to invoke the nations humanitarian provisions for the people of Gaza.

A man compares the BBC with the Arabic language news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

A man compares the BBC with the Arabic language news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

The protest leaves the BBC and marches through London and along Regents Street. Here they are funneled by police. Not surprisingly, scuffles break out.

The protest leaves the BBC and marches through London and along Regents Street. Here they are funneled by police. Not surprisingly, scuffles break out.

A police officer shouts at the passing marchers as scuffles break out.

A police officer shouts at the passing marchers as scuffles break out.

One of a number of people are arrested by police.

One of a number of people are arrested by police.

The march ends peacefully at the Base of Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square.

The march ends peacefully at the Base of Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square.