Reviewing the BBC News website’s coverage of terror in Israel: October 2015 to March 2016

Our monthly round-up of the BBC News coverage of terror attacks in Israel (see related articles below) enables us to take a broader look at the corporation’s coverage of that subject throughout the six months since the latest surge in terrorism began.

During that time the Israel Security Agency has documented a total of 1,639 attacks, ninety of which – i.e. 5.49% – have received coverage on the BBC News website.

coverage terror Oct to March

Thirty-three people – Israelis and foreign nationals – have been killed in those attacks since October 1st 2015 and hundreds wounded. Three of those fatalities (9%) were not reported at all by the BBC and of the casualties which were reported, twelve people (i.e. 40%) were not identified by name. Only four of the victims had their photographs published by the BBC.

The BBC’s public purpose remit includes ‘Global Outlook’ which is interpreted by the BBC Trust as meaning that audiences “can expect the BBC to keep them in touch with what is going on in the world, giving insight into the way people live in other countries” and includes the pledge to “build a global understanding of international issues” and “enhance UK audiences’ awareness and understanding of international issues”.

With the BBC having reported less than five and a half percent of the terror attacks against Israelis during the past six months and having failed to provide information concerning the overall scale of attacks, it is obvious that its audiences are not being kept “in touch” or provided with full “insight” as promised and that their “awareness and understanding” of this particular international issue is therefore impaired.

The importance of the absence of that information lies in the fact that audiences are thus unable to properly understand Israeli counter-terrorism measures such as the anti-terrorist fence or checkpoints. It also means that when Israel is obliged to respond to rising terrorism, audiences are unable to put events into their appropriate context and are thus likely to reach uninformed and inaccurate conclusions. 

Related Articles:

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – October 2015 – part one

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – October 2015 – part two

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – November 2015

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – December 2015 and Q4 summary

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – January 2016

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – February 2016

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – March 2016

Comparing BBC personalisation of victims of terror in Paris, Brussels and Israel  

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7 comments on “Reviewing the BBC News website’s coverage of terror in Israel: October 2015 to March 2016

  1. “It also means that when Israel is obliged to respond to rising terrorism, audiences are unable to put events into their appropriate context and are thus likely to reach uninformed and inaccurate conclusions. ” That, of course, is the whole purpose of this ploy.

  2. Meanwhile, culture secretary John Whittingdale MP yesterday revealed his 2013-14 relationship with a dominatrix to the BBC.

    He will, of course be conducting the 10-yearly review of the BBC’s Royal Charter at the end of this year and is widely believed to be intent on reining in the corrupt organisation’s worst excesses, if not curtailing the licence fee altogether.

    Other media outlets, including the normally salacious tabloid newspapers, had so far refrained from publishing details of his relationship, since they did not consider it a story of public interest, although the dominatrix had been trying to sell it for some time.

    BBC Watch readers will, doubtless, have come to the conclusion that Mr. Whittingdale has been forced to reveal the affair before being blackmailed by the corrupt BBC into giving it a favourable Royal Charter review.

    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/culture-secretary-john-whittingdales-full-statement-on-his-relationship-with-a-dominatrix/

  3. The trouble is that the BBC’s biased reporting, doubtless under the supervision of its muslim-infiltrated policy makers, has already had its desired effect. Much of the UK and the world now believe that Israel is the problem – hence the rise of anti-Semitism amongst non-thinkers (90% of the audience)

  4. Guys this is great. Could you do a comparative study of reporting against Palestinian/Arabs. My guess would be that perhaps 50% of arab incidents are reported, indicating a strong bias.

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