UK regulator rules that Press TV program on Israel's flotilla attack was not impartial (updated).

Posted: 07 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
Digital Spy, 2 August 2010, Andrew Laughlin: UK broadcast media regulator "Ofcom has ruled that a current affairs program on the recent attack on an aid flotilla bound for Palestine breached the broadcasting code by failing to maintain due impartiality. The program, titled Remember Palestine, was presented by Cherie Blair's sister Lauren Booth on Press TV, which is a news network controlled by the Iranian government. ... According to Ofcom, the program began with a pro-Palestinian song and featured anti-Israeli imagery and comment throughout, including interviewees referring to a 'massacre' and a 'barbarous attack' on the flotilla. Another contributor referred to Israel as being 'a state above the law'. After being asked for comments by Ofcom, Press TV said that 'the intensity of the descriptions in the program merely reflected the general atmosphere around the world'." -- Press TV is subject to Ofcom regulation because it has studios and uplink facilities in London.

Update: Press TV, 6 August 2010: "With regards to the 'impartial presentation' of its case, Ofcom seems to suggest that the acceptable way of describing the attack is that an interception led to an incident in which nine people were killed. International organizations, the European Union, and world leaders have strongly criticized the Israeli attack on ships, and even mainstream media has used the terms 'assault', 'raid,' and 'stormed ships.'"