Iran official charged with spying Mousavian is closely tied to a rival of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad A former Iranian nuclear negotiator has been charged with giving classified information to the British embassy, the Iranian intelligence minister has said. Hossein Mousavian was detained and bailed in May over the allegations. In October, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani resigned over reported differences with the president on the nuclear issue. This accusation is proven in the eyes of the intelligence ministry Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, intelligence minister That was widely seen as a case of Mr Ahmadinejad tightening his hold on key posts in the Iranian administration.
Or if you prefer the Jerusalem Post headline: Some of these critics are now baying for his blood.
But even though the "judgment" has been handed down by the BBC Trust, after the publication of a page report pdf by its editorial standards committee, the critics are not satisfied. The ZF said their report "fails to offer correctional steps" and "the committee's performance was lackadaisical in processing complaints".
Jonathan Turner, a member of the ZF who lodged the complaint together with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America Camerasaid "it is very difficult to see how he can be trusted to get anything else right in relation to Israel".
Referring to Bowen's "chronically biased reporting", Camera said "There's good reason to be sceptical of" what it called Bowen's "chronically biased reporting", "and by extension, the reporting of BBC reporters who are subordinate to him".
All this sounds pretty heinous. So what did Bowen do wrong? According to the ESC, he breached accuracy regulations by not properly sourcing an assertion he made in a report for Radio bbc middle east business report facebook post From Our Own Correspondent that the settlement of Har Homa, near Jerusalem, was considered illegal by the US.
Of two other complaints — about historical interpretations he made when describing the legacy of the war for a BBC online news report — one was partially upheld on the grounds of impartiality and inaccuracy, the other was upheld with regard to impartiality and partially upheld with regard to accuracy.
You might reasonably ask: Well, certainly not in order to reach the conclusion of "bias". It seems this minor fact escaped the Jerusalem Post's headline writer. The report runs to so many pages because, first, contrary to the impression given in most news reports, there were not three single complaints: The Har Homa complaint consisted of four items.
The first online report complaint consisted of 11 items, and the second of nine items. The ESC "guilty" findings referred to three of these 24 items.
The second reason for the report's length is because of the incredibly detailed scrutiny to which every single one of the items is subjected. A doctoral thesis would not have been given this much attention.
And remember, we're talking about an online report of 1, words and a radio "essay" of no more than that. Step back for a minute and think of just how many words Jeremy Bowen has to produce over any four-week period, and especially during a four-week war; and also frankly note that no journalist is immune from occasional inaccuracies and less than perfect interpretive historical comments — and you'd be forgiven for reading the ESC report as an exoneration of Bowen and utterly removed from the wholesale damnation of him that the partisan media monitor complainants believe it licences.
They acted according to their published guidelines and deserve credit for that. Yet there's something faintly distasteful about the whole exercise.
Let such partisan organisations express their views in whatever way they like, but one wonders whether people behaving like vexatious litigants should really be given such credence. There are plenty of absurd claims in the itemised complaints, but for me, there's one nugget in the report that Camera and the ZF use as ultimate proof of the rightness of their charges, but which only reveals the bankruptcy of their approach.
One of the expert academic historians consulted to assess Bowen's historical prowess was Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations at Oxford. On one item Professor Shlaim agreed that when Bowen wrote that "the Israeli generals Professor Shlaim, widely regarded as an internationally respected historical authority on contemporary Middle Eastern history, is, however, vilified by the likes of Camera and ZF supporters for his alleged anti-Israel positions.
Suddenly, all his past transgressions and distortions are forgotten, and his judgment is kosher. And as if we need reminding that such partisan media monitors always have other axes to grind, the complainant Jonathan Turner, in criticising the BBC for taking so long to deal with the complaints, said this allowed "Mr Bowen and his colleagues to continue their biased coverage of Israelwhich I believe has been a significant factor in the recent serious rise in antisemitic attacks in the UK.
If any of this leads to the curtailment of the role of Jeremy Bowen it will be a sad day for enlightened BBC coverage of the Middle East. If you want a true exemplar of the attempt by the public broadcaster, in very restricted time-slots, to give a sense of what ordinary and extraordinary Israelis and Palestinians feel and think about the conflict, and to convey the complexities and nuances of the political and diplomatic goings on — and anchor the whole thing in some stab at balanced historical references — I don't think you'll find better than Bowen.The Balen report is an internal BBC document compiled in by the senior journalist Malcolm Balen, who looked at the corporation's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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