BBC WS ‘Newsday’ passes up opportunity to inform on Palestinian politics

BBC Watch

A theme prominently seen in BBC reporting of the ongoing wave of terrorism in Israel advances the idea that the roots of the surge in violence are to be found in ‘the occupation’ and Palestinian frustration over the lack of progress in bringing about the creation of a Palestinian state.

Of course that theme is by no means new; it has been a feature of BBC reporting since long before the current surge in terror attacks began. But the BBC’s habitual one-dimensional portrayal of the ‘peace process’ as something dependent on one party to the conflict alone means that its audiences remain severely under-informed with regard to the role played by Palestinian leaders and internal Palestinian politics (another subject consistently under-reported by the BBC) in the failure to reach a negotiated end to the conflict.

In a 2014 article titled “Palestine Needs Better Friends“, the WSJ’s David Feith…

View original post 499 more words

Advertisements

The Gerald Kaufman MP antisemitism video

UK Media Watch

On Oct. 28, blogger David Collier broke the story about remarks by Gerald Kaufman MP, at a London event he hosted with the Palestinian Return Centre, which included the charge that “Jewish money” controls British foreign policy, and that Israel has been fabricating stabbing stories to justify “executing” Palestinians.

Campaign Against Antisemitism released the following video to highlight Kaufman’s antisemitic slur, and we encourage you to circulate the short clip on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

View original post

BBC’s Connolly contorts Israeli – and British – history to fit his political narrative

BBC Watch

The BBC’s reputation as a reliable source – underpinned by a supposedly unwavering commitment to cast-iron accuracy and impartiality in its reporting – means that members of the public, researchers and educators regard its content as being an authoritative record. The BBC itself relates to its online archive content as “historical record” and its Director of Editorial Policy and Standards has stated that “[h]owever long ago our online content was first published, if it’s still available, editorial complaints may legitimately be made regarding it”.

Mr Jordan might therefore care to consider a report by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Kevin Connolly (available from 00:43 here) which was broadcast in the October 24th edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘From Our Own Correspondent”.FOOC Connolly 24 10

Ostensibly providing listeners with a historical angle to the current wave of terror in Israel, Connolly’s report is remarkable for the fact that it once again…

View original post 750 more words

Disturbing themes in BBC coverage of the wave of terror in Israel

BBC Watch

After almost four weeks of BBC coverage of the current wave of terror attacks in Israel, the promoted themes – and the deliberate omissions – which reflect the corporation’s editorial approach to the story have become clear and we will be addressing that topic fully in a future post.

One particularly disturbing aspect of some of the BBC’s coverage in recent weeks (especially given the corporation’s global outreach) has been the amplification of baseless conspiracy theories concerning Temple Mount – as was noted in this article:

“According to that conspiracy theory, Israel seeks or intends to change the status quo on Temple Mount and whilst assorted versions of that libel have been published and broadcast by the BBC, the corporation has to date not told its audiences in its own words that they are baseless. At best, it has opted to tell them that “Israel says” it has no…

View original post 808 more words

BBC News finds Halloween costume newsworthy – terror victims and missile attack not

BBC Watch

If you happen to get your news from the BBC News website, you might be under the false impression that the wave of terror in Israel has come to an end. The last mention of any of the still ongoing attacks came in an article published on October 24th and the last report on incidents appeared on October 22nd. The news that a third victim of the terror attack on a Jerusalem bus on October 13thsuccumbed to wounds sustained in that attack has not been reported by the BBC.

However, those visiting the BBC News website on October 27th discovered that the corporation has not entirely lost interest in Israel related topics. Whilst ignoring yet another missile attack from the Gaza Strip and several stabbing attacks, editors did find it essential to inform audiences that “Walmart’s Israeli army Halloween costume sparks controversy

View original post 392 more words

BBC backgrounder manipulates audience perceptions of wave of terror in Israel

BBC Watch

Those visiting the BBC News website’s Middle East page may have come across an article currently going under the title “Is Palestinian-Israeli violence being driven by social media?” which was actually first published on October 13th and has undergone numerous changes since then.backgrounder

The article, which purports to function as a backgrounder on the topic of the current wave of terror in Israel and has hence been promoted via links in several other reports, currently opens as follows:

“Violence between Israel and the Palestinians is once again spiralling, with casualties mounting by the day.

Here are some key questions and answers about what is going on.”

The question posed in its headline is addressed in a relatively small section of the report (fewer than 200 words) which actually does little to inform readers of the scale and significance of the role of incitement spread via social media…

View original post 1,625 more words

BBC WS ‘Newshour’ amplifies Israel delegitimising lawfare campaign

BBC Watch

A photography exhibition currently on display in London was the subject of an article appearing in the BBC News website’s ‘culture’ section on October 7th. The same exhibition was also the topic of an item (available from 15:42 here) broadcast in the October 18th edition of BBC World Service radio’s ‘Newshour’.Newshour logo

Here is how presenter James Coomarasamy framed the report’s subject matter in his introduction: [emphasis added]

“Now, getting to the truth of the ultimate crime of murder – whether that of an individual or genocide – is a painstaking job. Photographs are integral to the evidence gathering process. They’re used in courtrooms around the world as an essential tool for justice. Now, ‘Burden of Proof’ is the name of a new exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery here in London and it charts the changing history of the form, from photographs of a crime scene…

View original post 481 more words