On the evening of January 27th a report was published on the BBC News website’s ‘Lancashire’ and ‘Texas’ pages under the headline “Texas synagogue siege: Man held in Manchester released without charge”.
Readers of that report are informed that:
“Akram is thought to have arrived in the US via New York’s JFK International Airport two weeks prior, according to police sources.
He is believed to have bought weapons used in the incident “on the street” after his arrival.”
“The FBI said it was “working hard” to learn more about how Akram acquired the firearm he possessed.”
However, by the time the BBC published that report a statement put out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, had been in the public domain for well over half a day.
That statement shows that – contrary to the BBC’s claim – the FBI already knew “how Akram acquired the firearm” before the BBC published its report:
“The man who sold Malik Faisal Akram the gun he used to kidnap hostages in a Texas synagogue earlier this month has been charged with a federal firearm crime, announced United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham.
Henry “Michael” Dwight Williams, 32, was charged Tuesday via criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée H. Toliver in the Northern District of Texas Wednesday afternoon. A detention hearing has been set for Monday, Jan. 31. […]
“The Dallas FBI Field Office and our partners have worked around the clock since January 15, 2022 to determine how Malik Faisal Akram acquired the weapon he used to terrorize worshipers at Colleyville’s Congregation Beth Israel synagogue,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “Along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners we pledge to continue our efforts to protect our communities from violence. […]
As part of its intensive investigation into the hostage taking, the FBI tied Mr. Williams to Mr. Akram through an analysis of Mr. Akram’s cellphone records, which showed the pair exchanged a series of calls from Jan. 11 through Jan. 13.”
In other words, it was entirely possible for BBC North West to provide domestic and worldwide audiences with up to date and accurate information on that topic by the time this report was published.
Moreover, nearly twenty hours prior to the appearance of the BBC North West report, the BBC News website’s ‘US & Canada’ page had published an article headlined “US man charged with selling gun used in Texas synagogue siege” which quotes extensively from the above US Attorney’s statement.
Apparently BBC North West did not do a proper fact check or even bother to go over additional BBC reporting on the story before publishing its report.