It is time for our annual review of the NGO’s most quoted and promoted in the BBC’s coverage of Israel throughout the last year.
As has been the case in previous years (see related articles below), the political NGO B’tselem featured prominently in BBC content but in 2016 the most widely promoted local NGO was Peace Now.
Unusually, in 2016 BBC audiences also heard on two occasions from an NGO on a different side of the spectrum as far as the political approach to Israel is concerned.
Among the foreign NGOs quoted and promoted in BBC content, Human Right Watch (HRW) was once again prominent.
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Notably, the BBC’s reporting on a law concerning NGO funding failed to provide audiences with a realistic, accurate and impartial view of either the legislation or some of the political NGOs it affects.
As in previous years, more often than not the political agendas of the NGOs quoted and promoted were not adequately clarified to audiences – as demanded by BBC editorial guidelines on impartiality. The BBC’s serial failure to meet its own editorial guidelines by clarifying the “particular viewpoint” of NGOs and representatives of those organisations interviewed by the BBC (including in certain cases the fact that they are involved in lawfare campaigns against Israel) means that audiences remain unaware of the fact that the information they are receiving about Israel comes predominantly from one side of the political spectrum and hence is consistently unbalanced.