Context-free Twitter messaging from BBC’s Jeremy Bowen

The following Tweets (among others) were sent by the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen to his eighty-two and a half thousand followers on May 23rd.

May 23 tweets Bowen 1

May 23 tweets Bowen 2

May 23 tweets Bowen 3

This is not the first time that Bowen has proffered his particular version of the tragic incident which took place on May 23rd 2000 on Twitter – he did so last year too – and it is also not the first time that he has failed to provide his Twitter followers with a full account of what happened that day.

Looking into south Lebanon from the Menara area

Looking into south Lebanon from the Menara area

“Early in the morning of Tuesday May 23rd 2000 – the day before the completion of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon – a tank crew stationed on the border fence near Kibbutz Menara received an intelligence alert concerning the likelihood of terrorists firing anti-tank missiles at IDF tanks and armoured vehicles. Later in the day, the crew spotted a Lebanese vehicle transporting men in civilian clothing and suspected that these were Hizballah terrorists carrying equipment for firing an anti-tank missile. The tank crew was given permission to fire at the suspected terrorists. 

Later it emerged that the men were actually a BBC film crew headed by Jeremy Bowen and that driver Abed Takkoush had been killed. The IDF investigated the incident and issued an apology. Understandably, that tragic incident appears to be still very much at the forefront of Bowen’s mind, although he does not appear to accept that it was possible to mistake three men travelling in a war zone in a car with Lebanese plates, and carrying camera equipment, for Hizballah terrorists dressed – as was very often the case – in civilian clothing.”

It is of course worth remembering that those Tweets were sent by the person who is ultimately the gatekeeper of all “accurate and impartial” BBC reporting from the Middle East.

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8 comments on “Context-free Twitter messaging from BBC’s Jeremy Bowen

  1. Duvidl well remembers the previous BBC Watch article on “Jeremy Bowen’s Pink Shirt” in which Geary comments that journalists should not drive around in a war zone in an unmarked vehicle (or a pink shirt without press insignia) if they do not want to be mistaken for terrorists.

  2. Duvidl, don’t you understand? A piece of pondscum like Bowen finds it inconceivable that mere Jooos would have the brass neck to have their own country, to have their own army to defend that country, and to actually shoot at a very important Brit working for the very important BBC when he drives around a war zone as though he owned the whole sector, not to say the whole country. That they would actually behave like real, proper people with their own country and their own army, offends his sense of propriety and causes him cognitive dissonance. How very dare they!!! They simply MUST be in league with the devil!!!

  3. This also shows the lack of professionalism and ethics on the part of BBC editors and management. Bowen is obviously unqualified to report events impartially. The fact that they keep him to the post of Middle East correspondent shows that they have an interest in serving as anti-Zionist propaganda tool.

  4. The Israel Press Office told me that it was normal practice when the press go to the front line of a conflict zone to inform them so that they can make the IDF aware of their presence and that Bowen had not done that in this case. Perhaps if he had done so they would have been aware of his presence and this incident might have been avoided.

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