|Inside the BBC newsroom in Broadcasting House, London
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It's a painful subject not only because of the damage the BBC's resort to aggressive euphemisms does to people's understanding of terror, but also because of the blatant hypocrisy inherent in the way it adheres to the policy sometimes and ignores it other times. To deeply concerned observers like us, it's plain that the BBC's rule book [BBC Editorial Guideline: Language when Reporting Terrorism] provides a fig-leaf for journalistic values that do no credit to BBC management.
The estimable BBC Watch today posted the kind of well-written and penetrating article that makes its work so valuable. We're referring to "More evidence of BBC News double standards on use of the word terror". There, the writers remind us of what the BBC itself and the laws under which it operates say it's supposed to do, and then expands on
to ensure that the BBC gives information about, and increases understanding of, the world through accurate and impartial news, other information, and analysis of current events and ideas.
In its reporting of arrests made this past week following the deaths of three members of a single family in a house fire in Duma, a Palestinian Arab village, the BBC's news reporters and editors used
PM condemns ‘horrific, heinous terror attack’ on Palestinians" in Times of Israel on July 31, 2015.
|BBC newsroom [Image Source: BBC]
BBC Watch reminds us that other terror attacks, some of them among the most horrifying this country has ever known, stunningly failed to reach the BBC's call-it-terror threshold:
Its management should also be called on to justify their engaging (as we say they are) in highly-politicized decision-making whose contours are influenced more by unspoken policy considerations than by the obligations imposed on the BBC by the laws under which it operates.
Here's some further reading from past posts of ours dealing with the BBC and its terror strategy:
- 08-Aug-15: Another BBC moment
- 01-Apr-15: A question for Jeremy
Bowen and his morally-challenged BBC handlers
- 20-Dec-14: BBC, unable to call him
"terrorist", says French police killed an "Allahu Akbar
- 01-Sep-14: Gaza, Israel, the BBC:
What children - and their parents - ought to know
- 15-Aug-13: To promote something
truly hideous, can't do better than adopt the BBC's approach
- 24-Mar-13: Seed of evil:
Whitewashing terror at the BBC
- 10-Jan-13: When terror is ignored by
news reporting agencies, the BBC for instance, what can we learn?
- 17-Feb-12: It's final: the BBC is
relieved from having to reveal the results of in-house inquiry into
whether it is biased against Israel
- 16-Aug-11: When the powers at the
BBC put this much effort into something, they must really care
- 15-Jun-07: Journalistic Objectivity from BBC and Other
- 18-Jul-06: What Is It About the BBC?
- 14-Jul-06: A word about the BBC
Finally, on a more generous note, let's a take a moment to offer congratulations to BBC management for having just won a well-deserved major award from Honest Reporting. The prize and the attainments that earned it for them are detailed here.