Israel still studying BBC report

May 5, 2006 06:45


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The Foreign Ministry had no comment Thursday on an independent inquiry into BBC coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that found the organization was not biased against Israel in its reporting. Gideon Meir, deputy director-general for media and public affairs, said the ministry was studying the report. The ministry has often locked horns with the BBC over what it perceived to be slanted coverage. In an appearance before the panel in January, Meir said that Israel's "primary concern about coverage of our region is that it is, in fact, giving disproportionate voice to one particular narrative. This is a narrative in which Israel is predominantly perceived in terms of power, and the Palestinians in terms of victimhood and suffering." Unofficially, governmental sources in Jerusalem said they were not surprised by the report and that it reflected a "deeply engrained, pro-Arab bias" inside Britain.

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