Monday, October 16, 2006

The sword cuts both ways

Here's a man-bites-dog story. But the issue it really raises is whether the dog has been impersonating the man all along. The BBC is fighting to keep a report of its media distortions confidential. Maybe you could make the argument that this distortion is classified information. From the Daily Telegraph:

The BBC has spent thousands of pounds of licence payers' money trying to block the release of a report which is believed to be highly critical of its Middle East coverage. The corporation is mounting a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, despite the fact that BBC reporters often use the Act to pursue their journalism. The action will increase suspicions that the report, which is believed to run to 20,000 words, includes evidence of anti-Israeli bias in news programming.

The court case will have far reaching implications for the future working of the Act and the BBC. If the corporation loses, it will have to release thousands of pages of other documents that have been held back.

(Nothing follows)

2 Comments:

Blogger Woman Catholic said...

The action will increase suspicions that the report, which is believed to run to 20,000 words, includes evidence of anti-Israeli bias in news programming.

You mean, in addition to the prima facie evidence of an anti-Israel bias in the actual news programming?

10/16/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger gumshoe1 said...

"a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act"


"Freedom of Information Act"

can the BBC say "doublespeak"?

has anyone told the BBC about the Internet yet?:

except for the ISP fees,
there's no non-voluntary expenses
and you can compare
reliable sources.

10/16/2006 07:24:00 PM  

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