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Today Programme – Frank Gardner condemns Bahrain Freedom Protestors

February 14, 2013

I was astonished to hear Frank Gardner (BBC Defence correspondent) simplistically divided the Bahraini into those who want a dialogue and those who were “extremists”. Frank Gardner said that the latter were “linked to folks who threw petrol bombs on the streets”. Gardner then went on to say that those who wanted dialogue were prepared to allow for ruling royal family to stay and that in any case though the Saudis would not allow any reform to happen in Bahrain as a response to pressure from street protests.

When the BBC is joining in any regime change programme there is usually loud howls about what the international community can do and this is usually framed in terms of armed intervention by the West. No such calls here! whereas the “rebels” in Syria are presented as heroic freedom fighters battling a repressive regime, the protesters in Bahrain whose protests have been much more conservative are classed as “facts” !

The double standards of the BBC and to their complete lack of impartiality could not be any clearer.

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