People are tearing into the BBC for the shameful ‘joke’ it just made [VIDEO]

BBC News
Support us and go ad-free

The BBC is facing criticism for shamelessly mocking a rendition of God Save The Queen by the Libyan army. Its gleeful tweet highlighting the “unique” performance led one observer to brand the broadcaster “wankers”.

But as others have pointed out, these “snarky” comments aren’t the only problem with the BBC‘s coverage of Libya.

Let’s have LOLs

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has spent two days in Libya recently. It’s his second visit of the year to the country, which is now in absolute chaos due to the NATO bombing campaign in 2011. The UK, under then prime minister David Cameron, was instrumental in the military assault that left the country splintered; and a perfect playground for terrorists.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Nonetheless, the Libyan army band saw fit to entertain Johnson with the British anthem during his visit. And when sharing the rendition, the BBC told its Twitter followers, “You’ll want the sound on for this one”:

Nothing to see here

That the Libyan troops showed this level of respect to a British minister is, however, astonishing. Because not only did the UK play a leading role in NATO’s bombing of the country, it also facilitated unrest in the country while Muammar Gaddafi was in power. It reportedly allowed British Libyans to travel there freely to fight Gaddafi. But as foreign policy expert Mark Curtis noted, this awkward fact was conveniently missing from the BBC‘s reporting on Johnson’s visit:

Having “hardline Islamists” in Libya now, however, seems to matter greatly to the UK government; as does the country’s geographical relationship to Europe. As Johnson said:

Libya is the front line for many challenges which left unchecked can pose problems for us in the UK – particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism…

So Johnson has announced he’s throwing £9m of British taxpayers’ money at the problem.

How very British

But despite Johnson’s financial pledge, the UK seems no closer to admitting its culpability in Libya’s present situation. In an interview with BBC Radio 4‘s Today Programme, the Foreign Secretary said that a “tragedy” has befallen the Libyan people since Gaddafi’s removal because NATO powers were “way over-optimistic” about how a post-obliteration Libya would fare. Go figure.

Until we own up to mistakes of the past, we’re destined to repeat them. And few are likely to kick up a fuss about the BBC‘s fun-loving mockery of the Libyan army’s band either if we don’t acknowledge how extraordinary it is that the army would attempt to play that song after all the UK has done.

Get Involved

Take action with the Stop the War Coalition.

– See more Canary articles on Libya. And follow The Canary Global on Facebook and Twitter.

Join The Canary if you appreciate the work we do.

Featured image via Wikimedia

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed