A senior British journalist and political commentator has accused the BBC of ignoring the principles of impartial journalism during a campaign before the 2016 Brexit referendum, saying the unfair and irresponsible coverage by the British Broadcasting Corporation helped the Leave side to emerge victorious.
Robert Peston, the top political editor at the ITV, a main British television channel, said Saturday that it was the BBC that confused the British voters with giving equal opportunities to the two sides of the Brexit debate in the run-up to the referendum.
Peston said respecting the principle of equality was in fact impartial journalism that the BBC, as the dominant British media outlet, was supposed to respect.
“Impartial journalism is not giving equal airtime to two people one of whom says the world is flat and the other one says the world is round. That is not balanced, impartial journalism,” said Peston while addressing the…