Nadine Dorries asks BBC for coverage of anti-Semitic attack story | BBC
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has questioned the BBC’s complaints process in an escalation over the broadcaster’s reporting of an anti-Semitic attack in London.
In a letter to BBC chief executive Tim Davie seen by the Guardian, Dorries asked him to explain how the company responded to concerns from Jewish leaders over the company’s coverage of an incident in November in Oxford. Street and how he plans to “‘resolve the problem in a timely manner.”
She added: “You will know my concerns about the speed of the process which I asked officials to communicate to the BBC earlier this week.”
In the letter, she suggested that the BBC’s handling of the issue raised questions as to whether it had handled complaints from the public in a “fair and effective” manner.
“It is crucial that the BBC can be held duly accountable for the achievement of its mission and public objectives as set out in the Charter, including through a fair and efficient complaints process,” he said. -she writes. “I expect the BBC’s mid-term charter review to examine whether this is currently the case.”
Ofcom, the communications regulator, said it wrote to the BBC requesting information but could not comment further at this point.
The temperature reported that during the attack, Jewish passengers on a bus were mistreated by a group of men. The BBC website ran an article claiming that “an insult about Muslims” was heard from inside the bus, a claim which was also broadcast by the BBC in London.
The newspaper reports that it was later discovered that BBC editors believed the words “dirty Muslims” had been used.
However, the British Jews ‘Council of Deputies, which reportedly commissioned two independent reviews of the audio from the incident, concluded that the phrase was in fact “tikrah lemishu, ze dachuf”, meaning “to call someone, it’ is urgent ”in Hebrew. Marie van der Zyl, chairman of the board, wrote to Davie last month, copying to Dorries.
The BBC said the audio had been verified by “a number of Hebrew speakers,” the Times reports.
The BBC told the Guardian: “Anti-Semitism is heinous. We strive to fairly serve the Jewish community and all communities across our country.
“As we stated earlier, our story was a factual report that focused overwhelmingly on the people the police want to identify; those who directed abuses against the bus.
“We know there are strong opinions on this report. We take complaints very seriously and they are dealt with as part of our complaints process.
“Tim Davie has called for this process to be expedited for the Management Complaints Unit, which is editorial independent from the news and will ensure complaints are fully addressed as expeditiously as possible.”