Letter points out journalistic and impartiality failings and demands action to prevent repeats
Labour campaign group Momentum has published an open letter pointing out the many problems with the BBC’s output, ahead of tonight’s Panorama programme, which is widely predicted to be a litany of regurgitated inaccuracies.
Condemning the documentary as a ‘hatchet job’, the letter points out the problems with the track record of its maker and calls on the BBC to take action to ensure its output meets the broadcaster’s impartiality obligations.
The letter is also accompanied by a new video detailing some of the issues:
The full letter points out:
- Ware’s issues with the Labour left going back as far as the 1980s
- his history of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and false claims about the Labour leader – which the BBC itself also criticised for lacking “any attempt at a reasoned, detached, analytic or investigative programme”
- the responsibility of supposed witnesses interviewed in the programme for huge purges of left-wing Labour members
The video also notes that the BBC had to pay damages to a Muslim organisation because of accusations Ware made in a programme condemned as “appalling journalism”.
Those wishing to add their names as signatories can do so here.
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