Since the commencement on April 17th of a hunger strike by some of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons led by Marwan Barghouti, the BBC News website’s Middle East page has published no fewer than three reports on the subject.
April 17th: “Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike”
However, in that remarkable display of conscription to the cause of publicising that story, the BBC has refrained from providing its audiences with background information crucial to their understanding of the topic.
In all three of those articles readers are told that the strike:
“…is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders.”
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