BBC News side-lining cross border tunnels story

BBC News website reporting on Operation Northern Shield has to date been confined to the one article published on the day the operation began, December 4th.

Under the sub-heading “What do we know about the operation?” the last version of that report told BBC audiences that:

“Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the activity was focusing on the border town of Metulla, with the area declared a closed zone.

He said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were concentrating on a tunnel which began in a Lebanese civilian home, was at least 200m (650ft) long, and ran 40m inside Israel.

The IDF announced the start of the operation, dubbed Northern Shield, on Twitter, with video footage showing heavy machinery boring in unidentified locations.”

As noted here previously, that report failed to inform BBC audiences of the important fact that the tunnels dug by the terror group Hizballah in southern Lebanon are a violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701.

Since that article appeared visitors to the BBC News website have seen no further reporting whatsoever. They have not been shown the video footage of Hizballah operatives inside the first tunnel discovered, they have not been told that the tunnel mentioned in that sole report reached within walking distance of the Israeli town of Metulla and they have not been informed of the support for the operation expressed by a variety of foreign governments.

Neither do BBC audiences know anything of a second tunnel identified on December 6th, a third tunnel discovered on December 8th or a fourth one exposed on December 11th.

Clearly BBC News is managing very well to avoid reporting this story to its funding public.

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8 comments on “BBC News side-lining cross border tunnels story

  1. The whole of the BBC news reporting system needs shutting down, they are failing to comply with their mandate of impartiality on a daily basis and appear to be answerable to nobody, the government do not want to know, OFCOM do not want to know and the BBC do not want to know, what a pathetic group of individuals whose sole purpose is to make Israel look bad.Stop the BBC bias against Israel https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/700/623/910/

  2. Hi Hadar

    I hope all is good with you

    I submitted the complaint below to the BBC based on your report

    Regards

    sammy

    On December 4, the BBC website reported on the conflict at the Israel – Lebanon border about Operation Northern Shield. Under the heading “what do we know about the operation”, the report consisted of a brief story based on the Israeli military spokesman statement that the IDF were concentrating on a tunnel which began in a Lebanese civilian home, was at least 200 meters long and ran 40 meters inside Israel.

    However the report failed to inform BBC audiences of other important facts which were critical to this story. The BBC therefore by omission, created the road to deception.

    The BBC failed to inform its audiences of the important fact that the tunnels dug by the terror group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon are a violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701.

    The BBC did not show available video footage of Hezbollah operatives inside the first tunnel discovered.

    The BBC did not inform its audience that the tunnel mentioned in that sole report reached within walking distance of the Israeli town of Metulla.

    The BBC did not inform its audience that the IDF operation was supported by a variety of foreign governments including US, the European Union, Germany, Austria, Canada and Bahrain.

    The BBC continued on its road to deception by omitting to update its audience about a second tunnel identified on December 6th and a third tunnel discovered on December 8th or a fourth one exposed on December 11th.

    I believe that the BBC by its continued omission is directing its audience down the road of deception. Regards

    sammy

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