A BBC investigation has found that one of its senior presenters, Sarah Montague, breached the organization’s editorial standards on impartiality in a radio interview she conducted with Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon in March.
The investigation was carried out following allegations of pro-Israel bias against Montague’s interview by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and a number of concerned individuals who complained to the BBC.
The ruling against Montague is the second time in recent months that the BBC has upheld a complaint initiated by the PSC.
In the first ruling, the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) agreed with complainants that an online BBC article about Gaza’s tunnels
had breached the organization’s accuracy guidelines by presenting its
pro-Israel author, Eado Hecht, as an “independent” defense analyst.
The two ECU rulings highlight just how often the BBC provides an unchallenged platform to Israel’s spokespeople.
Montague’s interview with Yaalon on the current affairs radio program Today was shocking in that a supposedly impartial journalist remained completely silent
as the defense minister told lie after lie on air, including the
outrageous claim that “the Palestinians enjoy already political
independence … And we are happy with it.”
In his first response to complainants, George Mann, assistant editor of Today,
wrote via email: “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Sarah Montague’s interview
with Moshe Yaalon … Having listened back [to the interview], I feel she
challenged him well.”
Source: Electronic Intifada
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