BBC admits accuracy guidelines breach

The UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) says BBC admits violation of its own guidelines on accuracy.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has admitted violation of its own guidelines on accuracy by hiding a commentator™s pro-Israeli credentials, the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) says.

During appearances on BBC News 24 at the beginning of Israel’s eight-day aggression against the Gaza Strip in 2012, Jonathan Sacerdoti was introduced as a member of œthe Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy”.

The PSC campaign group, however, wrote to the BBC to ask why it was misleading viewers by hiding the fact that the analyst was a Zionist.

Sacerdoti was reported to have been worked as Director of Public Affairs at the Zionist Federation. He also spoke at a pro-Israel rally in London™s Trafalgar Square, which was organized by the British Israel Coalition, in August 2011.

In a press release on its website on Friday, the PSC said it has received a letter from the BBC, saying the broadcasts breached a clause in its editorial guidelines on accuracy, which require providing the audience with commentators™ credentials.

In the same letter, the BBC admited that Sacerdoti œoffered an essentially pro-Israeli narrative and pro-Israeli analysis…viewers should have been made aware that he spoke from a particular viewpoint.”

œThe BBC misled its audiences by withholding Sacerdoti™s strong pro-Israel standpoint from them while asking him to comment on Israel™s assault on Gaza,” said PSC director Sarah Colborne.

Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli attacks on Gaza between November 14 and 21, 2012.

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