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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Release The Balen Report: Please sign the petition to the BBC

C'mon, make Jezza's day!
The Zionist Federation has issued a petition for the release of the  BBC's long-suppressed Balen Report:

"We call upon the BBC to release the findings to the general public of the Balen report that looked into its Middle East coverage and allegations of bias against Israel by the BBC. The BBC has spent over a third of a million pounds on covering up these findings for eight years. We believe this is a misuse of BBC licence fee payers’ money. The BBC should be obligated to reveal to its licence fee payers all the findings of this report on its coverage of the Middle East.

The BBC trust has to ensure that the BBC provides accurate and impartial news. The remit of the Balen report was to examine the BBC’s coverage of the Middle East. By covering up these findings it stops the Trust is not seen to be ensuring that the BBC is a purveyor of accurate and impartial news. The BBC must be accountable to the public it serves. The report should be released without delay. Otherwise, we can only assume that the BBC has something to hide."


To read more and sign the petition see here and please share the petition with your friends!

8 comments:

  1. "...To read more and sign the petition see here and please share the petition with your friends!"

    Done!

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  2. Oh, FWIW: I also commented as follows:

    I think that the BBC does not only fail to fullfill its charter, it actually has become a naked anti-Israel propagandist. So I think this petition is actually very generous to the BBC and the release of this report should be the very least! Personally I think the BBC should be indicted for peddling hatred against the Jewish people.

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  3. I've just seen a repeat of BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten’s interview this morning with Andrew Marr – at one point Patten said: “Our credibility depends on telling the truth about ourselves … no matter how horrible it may be”. All the more reason to demand they release the Balen Report – and to remind the BBC of this quotation from Patten in giving a reason for signing the petition.
    I’ve already signed and commented, but hopefully someone else will use this Patten quote when they sign…

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  4. Richard Sambrook the BBC news editor who commissioned the Balen report comments on this old blog that there's no 'smoking gun' in the report and so people wanting it divulged would be disappointed. If there's nothing to hide why not release oit then. The BBC's reputation is on the rocks now and they can't be trusted. Let us see the report.
    This is the old blog I mean, by one of the BBC staff
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/2007/03/the_bbc_v_steven_sugar_the_bal.html

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  5. I'd encourage non-Brits to sign too - after all, the BBC News website is available all round the world, and it's one of the chief purveyors of BBC bias.

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  6. Good points here:
    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2012/11/time-to-hit-bbc-when-theyre-down.html

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  7. "I’ve already signed and commented, but hopefully someone else will use this Patten quote when they sign…"

    done

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