Readers may recall that last October BBC Arabic corrected five out of ten reports which erroneously referred to Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel. Nevertheless, those corrections did not bring about a substantial change in editorial policy and soon after they were made, yet another report was published with the exact same error.
Later in January – after several reminders from CAMERA Arabic – BBC Arabic finally adhered to its own previous editorial decision not to refer to the Israeli government as “Tel Aviv”. It corrected all the remaining eight reports published between July 2020 and January 2021 that included the inaccuracy, bringing the total number of corrections on that issue to thirteen.
BBC Arabic editors also assured CAMERA Arabic that “internal actions” were taken with the journalists who edited the reports in question and that “a reminder to all staff” about the outlet’s impartiality guidelines was subsequently sent.
BBC Arabic hence joins a growing list of media outlets which acknowledge that Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel.
The other Arabic language ones among them are American stations CNN Arabic and Al-Hurra, and German Deutsche Welle. Additional outlets include the BBC in English and Spanish, Newsweek (US), Haaretz (Israel), AFP (France), India Today (India), the Independent (UK), the Times of London (UK), the Guardian (UK) and the Los Angeles Times.