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January 25, 2010

Now Available: BBC Watch Report on Bowen's Gaza Coverage

BBC Watch has completed a study evaluating Jeremy Bowen's coverage last year during Operation Cast Lead. The report can be requested by filling in the form found here. The executive summary states:

1. Of 58 reports by Mr. Bowen, 38 were unbalanced. Of those, a staggering 98% portrayed Israel in a negative light;

2. Of the civilian human interest interviews selected by Mr. Bowen, 82% portrayed Palestinians in a positive light -- a remarkable feat when, for most of the conflict, Mr. Bowen complained that he was not allowed into Gaza and so principally only had access to Israelis.

3. Of Mr. Bowen's 22 diary entries, all posted on the BBC website under the title of "The Bowen Diary," 20 were unbalanced. All of them portrayed Israel in a negative light.

4. The Bowen Dieary frequently included personal opinion of Mr. Bowen in clear breach of BBC guidelines; . . .

BBC Watch is submitting a formal complaint. In a significant ruling last spring, the BBC's highest bodysubstantially upheld CAMERA's complaint Jeremy Bowen violated the broadcaster's guidelines that require impartiality and accuracy. See here for a detailed account of that complaint and ruling.

Posted by TS at January 25, 2010 08:43 AM


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