Last week a member of the public alerted us to an edition of a programme called “Dooda Jimcaha” which was aired on the BBC Somali Service radio on December 18th 2020.
Among the contributors to that programme was the Somali MP Mohamed Omer Dalha who stated (48:00 to 48:20 here) that there is a conspiracy against Somalia by foreign countries that are interfering in the “Islamic world” propelled by “Jews running these affairs both in the West and the East”. His remarks went unchallenged by the BBC presenter.
A translation of that segment (which has been confirmed for CAMERA UK by Dr. Moshe Terdiman, Founder and director of Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa and co-founder and director of the Institute for Environmental Security and Well-being Studies) can be found here.
Clearly such antisemitic statements should have no place in BBC content, including on foreign language stations and this case once again raises questions concerning the BBC World Service’s ability to oversee the foreign language content put out in its name and ensure that it meets BBC editorial guidelines.
The BBC do have the ability to oversee their World Service foreign language content – that is why it is anti-Semitic at every opportunity.
The BBC could not meet a single editorial guideline if its very existence depended on it. The BBC encourages and supports antisemitic reporters and program makers in line with its own racist ethos. This is evident from its refusal to publish the Balen report, which no doubt highlights just that.
BBC Overseas is funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the best of my knowledge. See http://www.historyandpolicy.org/policy-papers/papers/the-bbc-world-service-and-global-britain.
See also pages 33 and 70 – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/827788/FCOAnnualReport201819.pdf
Camera, have you lodged a complaint with the BBC? I know from my own experience that they automatically reject complaints, but surely this is so serious that you should comlain..
Yes, we have.