BBC News produces article about man held up for half an hour

An article about Easter celebrations in Jerusalem which first appeared on the BBC News website on April 19th under the title “Easter’s Holy Fire ceremony celebrated in Jerusalem” was later turned into a blatantly political piece when an amended version was republished under the title “UN envoy and Israel in Easter ritual access row“.Serry art

Readers can view the changes made to that report here.

The report’s latest version opens thus:

“The UN’s Middle East peace envoy has criticised Israeli authorities for allegedly preventing him from reaching an Easter ritual in Jerusalem.” [emphasis added]

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word prevent means to “keep (something) from happening” or to “stop (someone) from doing something” and so readers would reasonably assume that Robert Serry was unable to take part in the Easter ritual.

In fact, as the Washington Post informs us, Mr Serry’s arrival at the ceremony was delayed for thirty minutes due to necessary security measures of the type seen anywhere in the world when a large crowd arrives in one place at the same time – and all the more essential in a city which has been the target of numerous terror attacks over the years.

“Serry spokeswoman Elpida Rouka said that the envoy and his party were trapped for about 30 minutes but that eventually the police retreated and the group, along with “an anxious crowd of worshipers,” was able to enter.”

Contradicting its own earlier assertion that Serry was ‘prevented’ from reaching the ceremony, the BBC report also later uses the words ‘delay’ and ‘held up’:

“Robert Serry said the delay was “unacceptable behaviour” and called on all parties to “respect the right of religious freedom”.” […]

“Mr Serry said that he was held up at a checkpoint along with other diplomats and dozens of Palestinians trying to make their way to the ceremony.”

Of course the general public is not as a rule overly interested in stories about people inconveniently held up for half an hour and so in order to justify the appearance of this one – and its promotion of Serry’s bizarre claims – the circumstances had to be exaggerated and audiences drawn in by means of the inaccurate use of language.  

 

5 comments on “BBC News produces article about man held up for half an hour

  1. Your post are quite simply astounding and an accoutrement of BBC sins relating to the way that they present Israel negatively time after time.

    Even if there is no immediate reaction, at some time in the future, the BBC will be called account and your posts will be a wealth of information for whatever body deals with the BBC.

  2. I still cannot fathom to which body is the tax funded BBC accountable for complying or not with its charter?

    • The BBC is accountable to the Crown and Parliament, which reviews its Royal Charter every ten years, the next review being due in 2016.

      The annual TV licence fee, currently £145.50, is payable, on penalty of imprisonment, by all householders with a television set directly to the BBC. It is effectively a tax on TV owners even if they do not watch BBC programmes.

      Moreover, the BBC is also partly funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which is itself funded by the British taxpayer. Therefore, general taxpayers who do not own a TV set and do not wish to fund the BBC with a licence fee are also forced to do so through their taxes.

      • Moreover, the BBC is also partly funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which is itself funded by the British taxpayer. Therefore, general taxpayers who do not own a TV set and do not wish to fund the BBC with a licence fee are also forced to do so through their taxes.

        An appalling situation for a body that has become dominated by the radical delusional extreme left. And even worse, a body that subsidizes the Guardian through advertisements. I have yet to see a political BBC talk show without some representative from The Guardian on it. Other points of view are represented by other UK nattional media but, they never miss out on a Guardian representative.

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