BBC bias bat­tle still on

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MON ROCKER

LON­DON SO­LIC­I­TOR Steven Su­gar, de­spite a le­gal set­back, has vowed to con­tinue his five-year-long cam­paign to force the BBC to release the Balen Re­port on its Mid­dle East cov­er­age.

In the High Court last week, Mr Jus­tice Ir­win ruled that the BBC was ex­empt from hav­ing to dis­close the re­port un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

But Mr Su­gar said: “Ob­vi­ously I’m dis­ap­pointed but we are con­tem­plat­ing an ap­peal to the Court of Ap­peal and it is likely that we will do so.”

He added that he was de­ter­mined to fight for the prin­ci­ple of pub­lic ac­ces­si­bil­ity to BBC ma­te­rial.

The Balen Re­port, pro­duced by the BBC’s se­nior ed­i­tor Malcolm Balen in 2004, even­tu­ally led to the cre­ation of the post of Mid­dle East ed­i­tor for the BBC, filled by Jeremy Bowen.

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