Previously we looked at the BBC News website’s coverage of the death of the senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan due to a self-imposed hunger strike and refusal of medical care, as well as the all too predictable rocket attacks against civilian Israeli targets which followed:
Another notable aspect of that story is the reaction to Adnan’s death from some of the individuals and organisations regularly interviewed, quoted and promoted by the BBC.
Another NGO regularly quoted and promoted by the BBC – Amnesty International – managed to post a whole thread without mentioning the fact that Adnan was a member of an Iran backed internationally designated terrorist organisation:
As we all too often have cause to note, the BBC regularly ignores its own editorial guidelines on ‘contributors’ affiliations’ according to which audiences should be informed of the “affiliations, funding and particular viewpoints” of individuals and representatives of organisations featured in its content.
Examples such as those above illustrate precisely why the BBC’s systematic failure to comply with that editorial guideline in its coverage of Israel seriously compromises audience understanding.