Pro-Is­rael group set to chal­lenge BBC over bias

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

A PRO-IS­RAEL grass­roots group is host­ing a se­ries of events that will call on the BBC to re­vise its “neg­a­tive” media cov­er­age of Is­rael ahead of the cor­po­ra­tion’s char­ter re­newal next month.

Cam­paign4Truth founder Sharon Klaff said her group de­cided to host the events in a bid to hold the pub­licly funded broad­caster to ac­count.

She said: “I think the BBC is bi­ased to­wards Is­rael, I think the BBC has re­porters out there that are not well­briefed or ed­u­cated on the re­gion’s back­ground — and they need to be.

“Other news chan­nels can be bi­ased, but the BBC is a pub­licly funded body. We are the stake­hold­ers in it and have no choice but to pay the li­cence fee.”

Cam­paign4Truth will host an in­vi­teonly event for 70 politi­cians and jour­nal­ists in Par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 9.

The panel dis­cus­sion, which will ques­tion the BBC’s Mid­dle East cov­er­age within the frame­work of Bri­tain’s counter-ex­trem­ism strat­egy, will be chaired by Gold­ers Green and Finch­ley MP Mike Freer and fea­ture Baroness Ruth Deech and Pro­fes­sor Richard Lan­des of Bar Ilan Univer­sity.

On Novem­ber 10, the group will host an event for up to 1,500 peo­ple in north Lon­don to ques­tion how the BBC’s cov­er­age of Is­rael im­pacts at­ti­tudes to­wards Bri­tish Jews. For event de­tails and tick­ets, go to http:// bit.ly/1KVJbuY

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