Readers may recall that the January 16th edition of the BBC programme ‘Dateline London’ included erroneous information concerning the Palestinian Authority’s responsibility for healthcare under the Oslo Accords:
Mr Stephen Franklin made a complaint to the BBC on that issue and received a response which includes the following:
Thank you for contacting us about Dateline London broadcast on 16 January.
The purpose of this discussion was to highlight Israel’s world leading performance in vaccination. Shaun Ley spoke to Hugh Pym, the BBC’s Health Editor, and Jonathan Sacerdoti about the strategy of the rollout, the benefit of digitised patient records, the value of ‘real-time’ data and the wider political situation.
We agree we should have said the Oslo Accords give the Palestinian Authority oversight of public health under the principles of self determination, although there is a wider dispute between the two sides over the issue.
We have published a clarification on the following page, explaining the above:
That February 9th clarification reads as follows:
Notwithstanding the publication of that clarification indicating that the BBC is well aware of the responsibility of the PA for the healthcare of Palestinians, just one day after its appearance audiences once again heard an inadequate portrayal of the Oslo Accords on BBC World Service radio.