The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
Following the recent deal which released kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for 1027 Palestinian prisoners, Egypt decided this would be a good time to negotiate a deal of their own. Back in June they had arrested a dual US/Israeli citizen, who had been working openly for an aid project in Cairo. They claimed he was an Israeli spy. Even the BBC tells us
Egypt accused him of trying to stir up sectarian strife in Cairo on behalf of the Israeli spy agency Mossad.
However, on top of the Israeli denials, many Egyptians also expressed doubt about the allegations.
Sceptics on internet forums pointed out that Mr Grapel travelled to Egypt under his own name and posted pictures of himself on Facebook wearing an Israeli army uniform.
They accused the Egyptian military leadership of trying to use the case to divert attention from their own difficulties.
But they've agreed to release him on condition that Israel releases 25 Egyptian prisoners.
The thing that gets me about this story is the headlines the BBC uses to present it.
Here's how they word it on their Mid-East headline page
And here's how they word it on the article itself
It's almost like they want the public to think that the Egyptians are really friendly and fair, instead of manufacturing these charges to lever a deal. I'm sure anybody wanting to word the headlines for this article to represent it more clearly could do a much better job, but then, that's not the purpose for the BBC.
Last Edit: Oct 24, 2011 22:04:32 GMT by Teddy Bear
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