BBC Earth article contravenes style guide with inaccurate terminology

The BBC Academy’s style guide titled “Israel and the Palestinians” makes it amply clear to BBC journalists that they should not portray the PA controlled territories as a state called Palestine.

Style Guide Palestine

Nevertheless, readers of a BBC Earth article titled “Earth’s saltiest place makes the Dead Sea look like tapwater” by Ella Davies which was promoted on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on August 10th were told that the Dead Sea lies on the border of a country called Palestine.

Dead Sea art BBC Earth

The region portrayed by Davies as ‘the border of Palestine’ is in fact defined as Area C by the Oslo Accords and its final status is subject to negotiation between Israel and the PLO. Clearly a correction to that inaccurate terminology is necessary in order to prevent audiences from being misled.

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3 comments on “BBC Earth article contravenes style guide with inaccurate terminology

  1. The BBC’s arabist policy makers are working overtime to portray an area in Israel as a “country” even though it does not exist – in contrast to their permanent portrayal of an established country (Israel) that does exist as one that should not. How much longer will the Israeli and UK governments allow such treachery to continue ?

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