Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fact checking security incidents? BBC News opts out again

...There is no evidence that the BBC has made any attempt to verify the particular version of the claims which it elected to repeat in this report, as made by the family of the deceased man and by an official from a terrorist organization – none of whom seem to have been present at the location of the incident. Neither, it seems, was any effort made to clarify the question of why Mansour’s body was wrapped in a Fatah flag at his funeral.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
16 February '14..

On February 13th a report titled “Palestinian man killed near Gaza border fence” appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website.

The report relates to an incident which took place earlier in the day at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip in which a group of Palestinian men approached and tampered with the border fence. After they refused to heed calls to move away from the fence, shots were fired by IDF soldiers guarding the border and two of the men were hit. One of them – named as Ibrahim Suleiman Mansour – died of his injuries.

The BBC’s report on the incident follows the increasingly prevalent practice of presenting audiences with differing accounts of the same incident, with no discernible attempt having been made by BBC journalists to establish the actual facts.


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