11 April 2017
BBC failed at principle of objectivity on ‘chemical attack in Syria’
While the most significant contribution to the Western narrative regarding the alleged chemical attack in Idlib has been made by the media, as usual, the media has once again failed at the principle of objectivity.
The mainstream media fails at the allegations on the chemical incident in Khan Shaykun town within the southern Idlib Governorate of northwestern Syria.
One of the recent examples of this failure is the British public service broadcaster BBC (The British Broadcasting Corporation). The BBC’s news headlined with ‘‘Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump condemns 'affront to humanity’’ was continuously ‘updated’ after it was released on April 5, 2017.
According to the report of News Sniffer, BBC has removed the views of the United Nations (UN) expert, refuting the US narrative on chemical attack, with the recent ‘updates’.
Jerry Smith, who represented the UN in the operations of chemical weapons’ abolition in Syria in 2013, had emphasised in his statements to Channel 4 that Russia’s narrative on chemical attack in Idlib should not be ignored.
Smith acknowledged the possibility of Russia’s claims on chemical attack in Idlib, and said that gas leakage could affect and poison the surrounding population if a conventional attack on a chemical weapons storage facility of the opposition groups in Khan Shaykun.
In this version of the news, an argument against Russia’s claims regarding the ‘chemical attack’ in Idlib was given a coverage, but then both ‘punditries’ were removed from the later versions of BBC’s report on ‘Syria chemical attack’. At the very end, BBC only gave the figures of the pro-opposition and anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), and both the chemical incident in Khan Shaykun and previous attacks in Syria were pinned on the Syrian government with a subheading, ‘Has Assad used chemical weapons before?’.
As for the UN expert, his voice was muted by the BBC.
Here are the views of Jerry Smith that the BBC firstly placed in its report and then removed from it on the alleged chemical attack in Idlib:
Here’s the recent version of the BBC’s report:
BBC had previously made falsified news about Syria, such as starvation in Madaya town of Syria in 2016 and Houla Massacre in 2012. The BBC had used a photograph sent by the ‘oppositions’ in Syria to blame the Syrian government for the massacre, but it was revealed that the photograph belonged to a massacre in Iraq in 2003. Similarly, the BBC and the Western media, by concealing the presence of jihadist terrorists and supporting Al-Qaeda components in the town, had used the jihadists’ accusations on the Assad government through spreading fake photos with ‘‘starvation’’ due to the siege of Madaya town by the Assad forces.