BBC’s Blunder of the WeekOctober 31, 2002 12:00 by ManagingTeam
BBC has outdone itself again.
In an article about Shaul Mofaz, Israel’s newly appointed Defense Minister, BBC writes:
“He directed some of Israel’s most controversial military operations in the West Bank earlier this year, including Jenin — where Palestinians claim a massacre took place — and Ramallah.”
HonestReporting member Daryl L. wrote to BBC asking who, exactly, are the Palestinians still claiming there was a “massacre in Jenin”?
Daryl notes that BBC itself reported that Human Rights Watch acknowledged there was no massacre in Jenin. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1965471.stm)
Even Kadoura Mousa Kadoura, a leader of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, said explicitly that no “massacre” took place in Jenin. (Source: http://www.washtimes.com/world/20020501-5587072.htm)
Also this week, in an article on internal Israeli politics, BBC inexplicably threw in a photo of an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian in handcuffs, with the bizarre caption: “The situation in the West Bank and Gaza will not be solved by this.”
Despite heavy complaints, BBC’s pattern of anti-Israel bias shows no sign of abating. The problem is that BBC is not a private enterprise, and is therefore not subject to normal consumer scrutiny and pressure.
This may be changing, however. This week the British government announced that for the first time, BBC could be fined if it breaches its duties on standards. BBC faces penalties of up to