BBC Asia amplifies ludicrous conspiracy theory to millions

“BBC News aspires to remain the standard-setter for international journalism…”  

“… the BBC continues to be seen as the most trusted and objective international news provider.”

“The BBC operates the widest-reaching international newsgathering network of any broadcaster.”

“The BBC will continue to serve key less-developed markets in Africa and Asia, such as Nigeria and Bangladesh, as well as a number of information-poor language markets with a clear need for independent information.” 

“The BBC’s journalism for international audiences should share the same values as its journalism for UK audiences: accuracy, impartiality and independence. International audiences should value BBC news and current affairs for providing reliable and unbiased information of relevance, range and depth.” (source: “Public purposes: Global outlook“)

What happens when the media organisation with the biggest global outreach – one that supposedly provides trustworthy information to parts of the world where that is in short supply – decides that the amplification of ludicrous conspiracy theories to millions of consumers falls within its ‘standards’? This:

Balgladesh tweet BBC Asia

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That headline appeared on the BBC News website’s Asia and Middle East pages on June 6th 2016. The only question is why the people responsible thought that its publication contributes in any way to fulfilling the obligations as laid out in the BBC’s public purpose remit.

 

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