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Bowen ‘breached rules on impartiality’

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

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The BBC Trust yesterday called into question the corporation’s reporting of the most sensitive news story of modern times, publishing findings that the BBC Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, had breached guidelines on accuracy and impartiality. The ruling will be seized upon by campaigners who claim that BBC News is prejudiced against Israel in its coverage of the Middle East.

But the decision to censure Bowen caused anger within the BBC, with some alleging that the trust, which oversees the corporation, was undermining the credibility of its news.

For full article, visit http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bowen-breached-rules-on-impartiality-1669278.html

The BBC Trust’s editorial standards committee ruled on complaints about two pieces by Bowen, one online and one on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.

References in the web article to “Zionism’s innate instinct to push out the frontier”, Israel’s “defiance of everyone’s interpretation of international law except its own” and Israeli generals’ sense they were dealing with “unfinished business” left over from the 1948 war of independence, broke BBC rules on accuracy, the committee said.

For full article, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/5158689/BBCs-Jeremy-Bowen-breached-guidelines-on-accuracy-in-Israel-reports.html

Bowen’s online article, published last year, put the present-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in context by explaining the events of the 1967 Six Day War.

But the committee said he should have done more to make clear that there were other views on the matter.

Ruling that the article had breached the rules on impartiality, the committee said: ‘Readers might come away from the article thinking that the interpretation offered was the only sensible view of the war.’

For full article, visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1170239/BBC-rebukes-Middle-East-correspondent-Jeremy-Bowen-anti-Israel-comments.html

The Trust was responding to complaints filed separately by London-based barrister Jonathan Turner and by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

For full article, visit http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1239710697409