On Friday, Jeremy Corbyn received a landmark award from the International Peace Bureau, the Campaign for World Democracy and the city of Geneva. It was Corbyn’s second major international award for peace (he received a Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award in 2013). He received it jointly with world-renowned philosopher, author and political activist Noam Chomsky.
The BBC, in common with almost all the ‘MSM’, did not mention it.
The SKWAWKBOX’s was the first to publicise the news – and our article on the award went viral, such was the obvious public interest and the public’s appetite for the information.
However, the UK’s state broadcaster remains resolutely silent on the issue. In most cases of items that the BBC opts not to cover on its news channel, the corporation opts for a small mention on its news website. But apparently not in this case.
A search of the BBC News website for ‘Corbyn Peace Prize’ (or ‘award’) and similar variations returns the following result:
Interestingly, those results also show that the BBC never reported on Corbyn’s 2013 Ghandi award either. Of course, in 2013 Corbyn was a little-known Labour backbencher so it’s perhaps understandable that it wasn’t considered a news item.
But the leader of the UK’s official opposition and holder of an 8-point voting intention poll lead over the government receiving an international peace award alongside one of the world’s foremost philosophers and authors? Hard to argue that’s not worth at least a mention in some corner of the BBC News website.
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