Corrections secured to inaccurate BBC News website maps – part one

On February 8th 2017 the BBC News website published an article by Jonathan Marcus titled “Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon?“ which was discussed here at the time.

The original version of that article included a map:

Several days later – sometime between February 12th and February 15th 2017 – changes were made to that map:

In July 2018 the BBC News website linked to Marcus’ 2017 article as ‘related reading’.  

Mr Stephen Franklin submitted a complaint to the BBC concerning the inaccurate map in which he pointed out that:

Kibbutz Gadot

“In the map about half way down the page it shows a triangular area to the west of the River Jordan which is shown in yellow as “occupied by Israel”.  (It is the area just to the right of where it says “River Jordan”.)  This area has been internationally recognised as being a part of Israel since the 1949 armistice agreement.  It was a demilitarised zone (DMZ) from 1949 to 1967, but still a part of Israel.  In the middle of that zone was Kibbutz Gadot, which came under frequent bombardment by Syrian forces on the Golan Heights between 1949 and 1967.  The armistice agreement by which that area became a DMZ was superseded on May 31st 1974 by the Israel Syria disengagement agreement, which created a new DMZ, which is shown on your map as the UNDOF area.”

Mr Franklin’s initial complaint was rejected by the BBC and so he submitted a second one on July 27th, to which he received a reply on October 25th.

“Thank you for getting in touch again about our feature article entitled ‘Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon?’ ( and please accept our apologies for the long and regrettable delay in our response.

After considering your point further we have amended this section of the map.

We hope you’ll find this satisfactory and thank you once again for getting in touch.”

The amended map now appears as follows:

No footnote has been added to advise BBC audiences who read that article anytime during the last twenty and a half months that they had been presented with an inaccurate map.

5 comments on “Corrections secured to inaccurate BBC News website maps – part one

  1. The BBC is always right – even when it is wrong. It’s all part of the plan to destabilise and demonise Israel at every little opportunity.

  2. I noticed that on Friday, the BBC, in its infinite wisdom, broadcast an interview with it’s ‘Turkey correspondent’ who gave an accompaniment to Khossigi’s ‘intended’ where she related the circumstances of the waiting outside the KSA consulate for her intended to emerge. And answered a few questions afterward. She was asked about US efforts to obtain information. Her response was that Trump was just playing to his supporters emphasizing his need to maintain the multi billion deals with KSA.

    Part of the conversation was replayed multiple times later that day, only containing her words against Trump.

    It makes me wonder if the BBC suffers from Trump derangement syndrome as well as a strong anti Israel/pro Arab/Palestinian bias.

    Trump didn’t behave well initially. But. With mounting evidence from his own security services, has been shown the ‘true path’ as to MBS’s clear involvement. And, I think that Turkish efforts would not have been significant without the active involvement of the Trump administration in forcing responses, still lying responses, from the Saudi government..

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