A report to be published on Wednesday by a media monitoring organization says that the BBC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first quarter of 2010 was steeped with an anti-Israel bias.
In a detailed analysis of BBC News, Honest Reporting (HR) shows among its findings that its daily coverage focuses on Israeli action, which it deems as “undermining the peace process,” while Palestinian actions that violate peace agreements are either ignored or downplayed.
“The issue of Israeli housing construction in Jerusalem gets wide coverage by the BBC, while constant and ongoing Palestinian glorification of terror, a major breach of every agreement, is almost ignored,” thereport says.
The 31-page report uses 57 articles from the BBC News Web site from January until March. It accuses the broadcasting organization of leading with the Palestinian perspective or quoting “partisan, agenda-driven” Israeli organizations critical of Israel.
The report also accuses the BBC of presenting historical issues without context: referring to Jerusalem as occupied with no reference to its 3,000-year Jewish history is more misleading than informative, it says.
Inaccurate terms are often used, out of a fear of passing judgment: examples include referring to Hamas as “militants” or “fighters” or Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government as “right-wing.”
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