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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Examining Antisemitism at the BBC 

The BBC has long had a reputation as having a whiff of institutional anti-semitism; in particular, Israelis and others have accused the BBC of systematically favoring Palestinian versions of news stories and spending an inordinate amount of time covering Israeli wrongdoing while ignoring similar behavior by Arab states.

Is this in fact the case? If so, why? If not, what's the source of the reputation? Apparently the BBC has decided to find out for itself, and has appointed a kind of ombudsman to review editing procedures and assess the big picture.

Ha'aretz has a fascinating interview with Malcolm Balen, whose report, due soon, is sure to really piss off somebody.

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