Sky News has announced it is joining the BBC in refusing to broadcast an emergency appeal for Gaza. The broadcaster said in a statement that it had informed the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies, of its decision. John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: "The conflict in Gaza forms part of one of the most challenging and contentious stories for any news organisation to cover. "Our commitment as journalists is to cover all sides of that story with uncompromising objectivity." The decision comes after BBC Director-General Mark Thompson defended the corporations decision not to broadcast the appeal in spite of more than 10,000 complaints. He said the BBC was "passionate" about defending its impartiality. Meanwhile, the head of the Anglican Church has piled pressure on the BBC to screen the appeal.