On 12 July, former BBC presenter Anna Brees spoke out against Panorama and its “incredibly suspect” episode on Jeremy Corbyn.
Speaking to The Canary, Brees, who turned down an offer to rejoin the BBC in 2014, said:
I am absolutely, utterly aghast of what I’ve seen just of Panorama.
The Labour press office saying that they’ve doctored an email. I’m not surprised on what they’ve done with the antisemitism situation. … It’s just like all the other stuff they do…
At the end of the day, I’ve seen enough and I’ve heard enough from those who have been involved and asked to contribute how they’ve had a very clear agenda right from day one. And I think they are incredibly suspect
In its latest Panorama, which aired on 10 July, the BBC stands accused of “doctoring” an internal Labour email. The party says the BBC‘s version ‘completely misrepresents’ its contents. Indeed, the programme edited out the Jewish identity of the people in question, who were accused of antisemitism.
The BBC denies this and rejects Brees’ accusations, telling The Canary:
The BBC stands by its journalism and we completely reject any accusations of bias or dishonesty… The programme [Panorama] adhered to the BBC’s editorial guidelines, including a full right of reply for the Labour Party.
We reject any claims Panorama took any of the evidence out of context.
But, in its latest episode on Labour, the BBC ignored the broader picture. For instance, it didn’t mention that disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism among Labour members since September 2015 relate to 0.06% of party’s 540,000-strong membership. Labour says:
This represents a tiny minority, but one antisemite is one too many, and we will continue to act against this repugnant form of racism.
Critcising the latest Panorama, Labour accused the BBC of malicious propaganda:
The Panorama programme and the BBC have engaged in deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead the public.'
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