The BBC Is Optically Challenged

The BBC reporting from Kosovo is partial. Scanning other news agencies reporting from Kosovo provides a much better understanding of what is going on there.

The attack on the Mitrovica courthouse had been started when hand grenades were used to scare off its occupants (not mentioned by the BBC as with all previous hand grenade attacks which have been used as the method to scare off UN and EU officals and others from Northern Kosovo since Kosovan independence was declared). Other Kosovo idealist reports say the attack was only by 150, while other reports state that there were ‘hundreds’ and ambulances were used to crash open the courthouse gates. The undercurrent of violence is much stronger than is being reported by the BBC.

The explanation for what is happening seems almost deliberately misinformed. You have to look beyond the BBC for any depth of reporting about what is going on in Kosovo.

From Yahoo News (Associated Press) yesterday.

The storming of the U.N. courthouse appeared to have been coordinated with the Serbian government in Belgrade, which has rejected Kosovo’s declared statehood and said it will assume authority in northern Kosovo.

That’s never been mentioned either.

Belgrade has adopted the so-called “Action Plan” on Kosovo, which took effect after Kosovo declared independence. Although concrete measures proposed in the plan remain secret, some of them were leaked by the local media, and they include the takeover of judiciary in the Serb-controlled regions of Kosovo.

That’s news to me – not to the BBC though.

The EU called on Serbia to refrain from any actions that may jeopardize security in Kosovo.

“No one benefits from the use of violence and from the attacks on the rule of law institutions in Kosovo,” according to a statement by Slovenia, which holds the rotating EU presidency.

Serbs have held daily protests in front of the court since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia last month.

The protesters have been trying to take control of local institutions that have been run by the U.N. since the end of the war in Kosovo in 1999. The crowds have prevented international and ethnic Albanian judges from returning to work at the court.

“We tried to negotiate, but no one wanted to talk to us,” said Miodrag Ralic, one of the Serb protest leaders. “We could not wait any longer.”

“We have nothing against international judges,” said Nebojsa Jovic, another protest leader. “We want to cooperate with all non-Albanians and all those who do not recognize independent Kosovo.”

The Troubles in Ireland began with peaceful Civil Rights demonstrations. These were frustrated and suppressed before the violence began. The Serbs are trying to bring NATO and the EU to the negotiating table. They try peaceful demonstrations and get ignored, so they ramp up their demonstrations and they get ignored further. The situation is bound to become violent in time, if Serbs are not permitted an opportunity to negotiate, and influence the decisions being taken.

The BBC is contributing to the situation by not explaining the Serb position and actions.

The BBC states that most EU nations and the USA have recognised Kosovo. There are in fact only 40 countries in the world which have recognised Kosovo, and there are still 200 undecided. Russia, China are siding with Serbia, and many like India, Japan and other influential nations like Canada, a significant member of NATO are advising caution and have yet to recognise Kosovo.

The Kosovan secession is proving divisive within the EU, within NATO and within the UN. Why is the BBC content to make it sound as if there is international support for Kosovo’s independence when there clearly is not? See the BBC report HERE

I suppose we should not be surprised that BBC bias is as much in evidence in the EU’s affairs in Central Europe and around the globe, as it is with British domestic affairs. It’s as if the BBC is optically challenged.

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