BBC News apologises for misleading reports on Iran
Source: Campaign Iran (CASMII)
The BBC internal complaints department today apologised for describing Iran as having "abducted" the 15 British sailors and marines in a news report on the 25th March. It also apologised for repeatedly referring to the British service personnel as "hostages" in news reports.
The apology, in response to complaints from the international campaign group, CASMII, failed however to offer a full explanation on how the misleading reporting was allowed to be aired or what steps are being taken to ensure that biased reporting of this kind cannot happen again. In a letter from the BBC information department on 3rd May, Katherine Tsang, attempted to justify the use of the word "abducted" by claiming "At the time, it was the very early stage of the story and information was still coming in and jour
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