BBC ECU upholds complaint about ‘Paris Police 1900’

Readers may recall that last October the BBC amended the synopsis to the first episode of a drama series titled ‘Paris Police 1900’ to remove a description of Alfred Dreyfus as a “notorious Jewish spy”.

BBC 4’S ‘PARIS POLICE 1900’ SYNOPSIS AMENDED FOLLOWING CRITICISM

As reported at the time by the Jerusalem Post:

“According to the BBC, the summary was later changed to avoid misunderstanding. The line from the program page was rewritten to describe Dreyfus instead as having been “previously arrested for spying.” 

“The sentence was not intended as an [sic] historical statement, but to reflect the rumors towards the Dreyfus case that we see in the drama — which also depicts the rise of antisemitism,” the BBC Spokesperson said in response to a Jerusalem Post inquiry.” 

Mr Stephen Franklin contacted the BBC to request that the change in wording be acknowledged on the BBC’s ‘corrections and clarifications’ page.

Mr Franklin has now received a reply from the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit upholding his complaint and the outcome appears on the corporation’s complaints page:

 

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