Fair Reporting requests the BBC to release the Balen Report to satisfy public concern of bias against Israel in reporting on the Middle East
We the undersigned
believe that the recent BBC news coverage (TV, Radio, Online) of
the Gaza conflict has been extremely anti-Israel in content. This
has created an atmosphere in the United Kingdom which has directly led to
an exceptional increase in attacks, both verbal and physical, on Jewish
individuals, places of worship, other properties and businesses. The BBC,
by virtue of its skewed coverage, bears some degree of responsibility for such
The Balen Report was commissioned in 2004 to investigate and report on biased news coverage in relation to Israel and has never been published. Indeed the BBC has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers money in its attempt to prevent and conceal its publication, suggesting potentially damaging content. In the wake of the report we believe that the BBC has retained an anti-Israel reporting agenda which in turn is leading to anti-semitic, criminal activity.
Therefore we now ask for:
a) the complete publication of the Balen Report and
b) independent investigation of BBC reporting on Israel to expose anti Israel bias since the Balen report to date
The purpose of the Petition is to determine if the BBC has, and is acting within its Charter and to expose biased media reporting.