BBC repeats misrepresentation of Bar Noar shooting

Readers may remember that back in August we noted that a BBC World Service radio programme on the subject of Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Week included – inter alia – inaccuracies attributable to the fact that the programme makers had not bothered to amend it to reflect developments in the investigation into the 2009 shooting at the Bar Noar youth centre.

At the time, we noted that a filmed version of the programme was also scheduled for broadcast.

“Let’s hope that these issues are dealt with before the television version of this documentary is broadcast so that what otherwise could be an interesting programme is not marred by failures of accuracy and impartiality.”

The television version of the documentary appeared on October 5th in the programme ‘Our World on the BBC News Channel. 

Our World BBC News

Unfortunately, as can be seen in this version of the filmed programme (also available on iPlayer for a limited period of time for those in the UK), the Bar Noar shootings are still being misrepresented as an anti-gay hate crime and the political associations of Professor Aeyal Gross are still not being made clear to BBC audiences, in clear breach of editorial guidelines. 

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