A well-known face on BBC Arabic television has quit the British public broadcaster alleging biased coverage on Syria.
Dima Izzedin said that her decision to leave the BBC was in part due to the organisation’s coverage of her home country, Syria, which activists say has closely followed the Syrian regime’s narrative.
She took to Facebook to announce her decision, “Today I was supposed to go back to the BBCscreen after an absence of a year but I will no longer go back. The standards adopted by this great institution are supposed to make it first class in media, but this not the case.
“It is time to quit appearing on TV. BBC has taught me a lot. I love my friends here. I am sorry to be leaving them. There should be standards to an institution. However, this did not happen, and unfortunately nothing is the way it is supposed to be. What separated me from BBC were the news covering my country.”
According to London’s AlAraby.co.uk, while reporting on one of the recent bombings in Syria, the BBC Arabic had said that the targetted area was inhabited by supporters of President Bashar Al-Assad and the attack had been carried out by the rebels.
In reality, it was Al-Assad regime which had carried out the attack killing 44 civilians in the rebel stronghold Aleppo.
Faced with criticism, the BBC Arabic was forced to issue a clarification on twitter.
It said, “Correction: 7 a.m. news headlines included BBC television footage showing opposition areas in Aleppo as supporters to the government. We apologise for this error.”
تصحيح: تضمنت عناوين نشرة أخبار السابعة صباحا لتلفزيون بي بي سي لقطات لمناطق المعارضة في حلب على أنها تابعة للحكومة. نعتذر عن هذا الخطأ.
— BBC Arabic بي بي سي (@BBCArabic) April 30, 2016
Russia Today reported that supporters of Syrian rebels had long accused the media organisation of using sympathetic language towards Al-Assad’s government.
They accused Damascus-based BBC Arabic Syria correspondent Assaf Aboud of“propaganda” for reporting from the capital and of not being able to report truthfully or impartially under the control of Assad, the New Arab reported.