The NJA unequivocally supports the parliamentary inquiry into bias in the BBC’s coverage of Jews and Israel. After several years of dishonest reporting, misrepresentation of facts, and falsely inverting the victim/aggressor dynamic in incidents of violence against Jews and Israel, the BBC will soon be the subject of a comprehensive parliamentary probe.
The probe was initiated after an online petition launched by the Jewish Chronicle calling for an inquiry attracted over 10,000 signatures. The NJA commends the Jewish Chronicle for its efforts, and notes that only a comprehensive inquiry such as this – rather than merely direct talks – will offer any real prospect of addressing the aforementioned issues.
The parliamentary probe will be comprised of a cross-party group of MPs and peers, chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew KC – an ex-Liberal Democrat MP and the government’s former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
The NJA anticipates that the inquiry will bring to light the BBC’s numerous incidents of bias and dishonest reporting about Jews and Israel, and that the findings and recommendations contained in the final report will contribute to improving the BBC’s reporting standards.
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