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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Balen report update

The JC reports that the battle to force the BBC to reveal the report that they have spent so much money trying to keep hidden, the Balen Report, is still being fought:
'What is likely to be the final battle in a six-year campaign to force the BBC to release a report into its Middle East coverage began at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

London solicitor Steven Sugar first sought the publication of the Balen Report early in 2005 under the newly introduced Freedom of Information Act.

But although he died early this year, his widow, Fiona Paveley, was granted permission to continue the fight in his name . . .

This week’s case was due to have come before the Supreme Court in February but was postponed because of Mr Sugar’s death the previous month.'
I have written before about the Balen Report and why the BBC want to keep it secret, do take a read of my previous postings on this matter.

In case you are unaware, the Balen report was a BBC commissioned assessment of its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was written in 2004 by Malcolm Balen. The BBC never published the report and has spent at least £250,000 of licence payers money on legal fees trying (so far successfully) to cover up the report.

As I have said before, I would suggest that the BBC is institutionally biased against Israel, that that was one of the conclusions of the Balen Report and that that is why the BBC is so determined that that report is never released. For if the Balen Report cleared, or all but cleared, the BBC of anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian bias then the BBC would have released the report to show that they were officially not biased against Israel. As the BBC have not released the Balen report then that must be because the report showed that the BBC was biased against Israel...

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