BBC quietly removes misleading claim on Israel’s stance on P5+1 talks

On November 11th we noted here that an article appearing on the BBC News website the previous day included a misrepresentation of Israel’s stance on the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, stating:

“Peace talks in Geneva have centred on a proposal to freeze the expansion of Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for relief from tough international sanctions.

Israel, which regards Iran as a security threat, has opposed the talks.” [emphasis added]

Iran dep min art

We are happy to be able to report that the misleading claim has been removed from the article, although no footnote informing audiences of the change – or why it was necessary – is appended. 

Iran minister article later version

This case once again underlines the need for a dedicated corrections page on the BBC News website in order to enable BBC audiences to keep abreast of inaccuracies they may have previously read there. 

5 comments on “BBC quietly removes misleading claim on Israel’s stance on P5+1 talks

  1. This case once again underlines the need for a dedicated corrections page on the BBC News website in order to enable BBC audiences to keep abreast of inaccuracies they may have previously read there.

    Don’t hold your breath.

    Next they will deny stacking BBC talk show audiences with people who are not representative of the UK population as a whole.

  2. “Quietly removing”, or in other words, stealth editing. No footnote and the date unchanged.

    10 November 2013 Last updated at 22:24 GMT

  3. And, of course, there is no acknowledgement to you, Hadar, and BBC Watch for bringing the BBC’s propagandist innacuracies to its attention. Duvidl cannot remember whether this particular beeboid propagandist ommission was among his previous prophecies of lack of acknowledgement of BBC Watch. However, he can assure BBC Watchers that no such acknowledgement will be forthcoming in the future.

    • Yes. It is just appalling that the BBC managing editors do not thank Hadar for her Herculean efforts to assist The BBC in adhering to its own charter stipulations.

  4. As Biodegradable says, this is the famous BBC ‘stealth edit’, it happens far more often than people think and without screenshots, sites like News-sniffer etc they get away with lies and omission on a daily basis, in fact they break their charter every day. Many sites and blog make changes but they are mostly acknowledged with marked updates, new time for ‘last edited’ etc.

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