BBC hypocrisy in action
BBC emphasises a Jewish criminal’s religion. It would never do so with a Muslim terrorist.
The BBC leans over backwards not to mention the ROP when they commit crimes in the name of religion but has no problem labeling this man’s religion in both the headline and the introductory paragraph.
Nor would it mention what happens to gays in the Muslim world.
Craig Levin wrote an immediate letter of complaint. Published with his permission.
The article reports the conviction of the gay parade stabber. You shamelessly identify him as an ‘Ultra-Orthodox Jew’, as if this has something to do with the crime for which he was convicted. Your organisation would never identify any other religion even when large numbers of adherents of that religion commit atrocities in the name of that religion. in fact your organisation will go out of its way to point out that the suspect(s)/perpetrator(s) and their crimes/misdeeds/terror have nothing to do with the religion in whose name the suspect/perpetrator has claimed to act.
There are clergy of that religion that promote such violence and claimed adherents who support and celebrate the murders, bombings etc. You do not wish to malign this religion, nor its adherents many of who are peaceable and non-murderous.
There is nothing in the act of this individual that reflects Ultra-Orthodox Jews or Judaism, nor are there Rabbis or other Ultra-Orthodox leaders promoting or perpetrating violence against, gays, non-believers, apostates. Nevertheless your reporter, and no doubt your editorial staff are perfectly content that this INDIVIDUAL, lone wolf, acting contrary to all Jewish law and practice as taught and followed by ultra-orthodox Jews, needs to be identified as ultra-orthodox.
You clearly do not fear insulting Jews, Ultra-Orthodox or others, and unequivocally associate Ultra-Orthodox Jews with terror and murder.
I have no doubt that you will fail to answer this complaint by acknowledging the anti-Antisemitism, prejudice, bigotry and inaccuracy of your report. Nor do I anticipate that you will investigate what ULTRA ORTHODOX leaders and believers teach about murder. You know that despite your distasteful and insulting slur on religious Jews you will not fear anything stronger than letters of protest. You will not fear that ultra-Orthodox rabbis will declare Jewish Jihad against you, nor will your journalists be targeted by ultra-orthodox Jews.
BBC Editorial Guidelines on Religion
Religion editorial principles
- We will ensure that the beliefs and practices of the great world faiths† are described accurately and impartially.
- We will ensure the religious views and beliefs of an individual, a religion or religious denomination are not misrepresented, abused or discriminated against, as judged against generally accepted standards.
Major fail on both points, we think.
† Only great world faiths? How do they decide? The sloppy wording suggests minor faiths can be ridiculed, doesn’t it?