The Gaza electricity stories the BBC reports – and the ones it doesn’t

BBC Watch

As readers may recall, in late July 2014 the BBC devoted considerable coverage to the topic of an explosion at Gaza’s power plant which was inaccurately portrayed as a deliberate strike on the facility.Power plant Morris and Patience 2

The topic of the Gaza Strip’s utilities also featured in subsequent BBC reports, including one by Yolande Knell in which audiences yet again were given inaccurate information concerning the reasons for the chronic shortages of electricity in the territory.

“The manager, Rafik Maliha, has been here since the electricity plant opened a decade ago. It was supposed to make use of the latest technology to meet rising demand. Instead, it’s faced constant challenges. It’s been caught up in previous fighting between Hamas which controls Gaza and the group’s sworn enemy Israel. Tight border restrictions limited fuel imports. Although power cuts were common in Gaza before, now they’re much worse.” [emphasis added]

Since the end of the…

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