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Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2001-0818
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On 26 October 2011, it was announced that the BBC coverage of the so-called Arab Spring would come under an internal BBC Trust review. The review was led by Edward Mortimer, former UN Director of Communications and an expert in Middle Eastern affairs. Its chief aim was to determine the level of impartiality to which the BBC rose during what Mortimer described as an apparently ‘exciting’ time for journalists. The report was described as ‘remarkable, given the challenges involved, and was generally impartial’. This article will present some notes which contradict the BBC Trust’s self-review while acting as advice for practitioners on misrepresentation and things to avoid while reporting abroad.


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Keyword(s): BBC News/Trust; Gaddafi; language; Libya conflict; OfCom; rebels
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