Not just about journalism: BBC editorial guidelines and the wider public interest

As is of course to be expected, the horrific murder of one British charity worker by ISIS last weekend and the accompanying threat to behead another has been extensively covered by the UK media.Nye Jul 14 a

According to the Times:

“The security services are investigating whether kidnappers who abducted two Britons on aid missions to Syria were acting on insider tip-offs.

As part of efforts to build up a picture of the network around the British kidnap gang that has been executing westerners, MI5 and MI6 are trying to establish whether they had help in identifying victims. […]

It is thought unlikely that the gang, which could have as many as 20 western hostages, were able to conduct so many kidnappings without the help of informers on both sides of the border.”

The Daily Telegraph informs us that:

“Alan Henning was kidnapped within half an hour of entering Syria after he unwittingly became involved with a charity with links to alleged extremists, it has emerged.

Mr Henning, 47, now threatened with beheading by jihadists, ignored pleas from friends, colleagues and local guides not to cross the Syrian border, telling them he was determined to make sure the supplies he was carrying were delivered safely to the right people.

Mr Henning was driving an ambulance on behalf of Rochdale Aid 4 Syria, which raised money on behalf of Al-Fatiha Global, a registered charity currently under investigation by the Charity Commission after one of its leaders was photographed with his arms around two hooded fighters carrying machine guns. […]

There is no suggestion Mr Henning, a father of two from Eccles, Greater Manchester, knew of the apparent links between the charities and extremism. Al-Fatiha Global was only placed under investigation in March – three months after Mr Henning was kidnapped – after Adeel Ali, the son of one of its trustees, was pictured with gunmen on the front of The Sun newspaper.”

Among the BBC’s recent coverage of the issue is a filmed interview with Catrin Nye of the BBC Asian Network which was aired on BBC television news programmes on September 14th and also appears in a written report currently featured on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.  Nye met Alan Henning whilst she was making several reports for numerous BBC platforms on the topic of British aid convoys to Syria. Henning’s later participation in one of those convoys led to his kidnapping in Syria in late December 2013.Nye Jul 14 b

As was noted here at the time, Catrin Nye’s numerous reports – aired in November and early December 2013 – refrained from addressing the topic of the extremist links of some of the charities and individual activists involved in organizing those convoys. Catrin Nye produced additional reports on the same subject in July 2014 which once again failed to adequately inform audiences of the convoys’ organisers links to extremists, even though one of the charities involved in previous trips was already under investigation by the Charity Commission when the report was being made. Nye’s latest interview likewise fails to inform viewers on the same issue.

Notable too is the fact that Orla Guerin produced a report from Gaza on August 13th which was based on the claims of an ISM activist with additional links to the same UK charity currently under investigation.

It is all too clear that BBC promotion of the activities of NGOs and charities without the required disclosure of their ideologies, political agendas and any extremist links not only breaches the corporation’s editorial guidelines on impartiality, but also goes against the wider interests of the British public in general. 

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One comment on “Not just about journalism: BBC editorial guidelines and the wider public interest

  1. Six reasons to close down the BBC

    “It is all too clear that BBC promotion of the activities of NGOs and charities without the required disclosure of their ideologies, political agendas and any extremist links not only breaches the corporation’s editorial guidelines on impartiality, but also goes against the wider interests of the British public in general.”

    Quite right. Duvidl would add that the corrupt BBC generally is also a massive liability to the British public for these reasons:

    1. It is the home of British paedophilia and Britain’s abhorrent reputation as a paedo-paradise, following the 2011 exposure of the Late Sir Jimmy Savile’s paedo-caravan-club at TV Centre and a string of BBC employee child molestation prosecutions thereafter.

    2. More than 10 per cent of British magistrates’ courts prosecutions in 2013 were by the BBC for non-payment of the annual £145.50 BBC TV licence fee. This has clogged up the entire British petty-crime courts system and indubitably demonstrates that the public does not want to pay for the BBC.

    3. A series of scandals has required Parliament to bring a succession of former and current BBC senior executives to account before Parliamentary committees for excessive payments and pay-offs from licence fee-payers’ money.

    4. The BBC is totally unaccountable to its public funders, having spent £250,000 of licence fee-payers’ money to suppress its 2004 internal Balen report into its coverage of Israel and also suppressed its archives for the 50 years of the late Sir Jimmy Savile’s paedophile activities, some on BBC premises.

    5. The BBC continues to suffer from an extraordinarily high level of staff complaints of bullying at work, e.g.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576459/Fury-BBC-bully-promoted-plum-job-guilty-abuse-despite-zero-tolerance-vow.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/newsbeat-chief-rod-mckenzie-moved-after-complaints-of-bullying-from-over-30-bbc-staff-9078443.html

    6. It was with immense difficulty that Rona Fairhead was found, after several more well-known candidates turned down the unwanted job, as the new successor to Lord Chris Patten as head of the BBC Trust. The Trust itself is an organisation which replaces the BBC Governors after the tragic Dr.David Kelly suicide debacle in 2003 over the weapons of mass destruction “dodgy dossier.” The cost and shame of all this is an immense liability to Britain.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10192271/The-betrayal-of-Dr-David-Kelly-10-years-on.html

    Consequently a policy of closing down the BBC without delay is likely to be a vote-winner at the forthcoming general election.

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