The timing of the editorial decision taken by the BBC to heavily promote Jon Donnison’s latest report relating to the subject of Palestinian prisoners is very interesting. The event around which the story is based actually took place last August, but was not reported by the BBC at the time. Now, when a Palestinian publicity campaign to raise the profile of the subject of prisoners is in full swing, the BBC suddenly sends Donnison off to resurrect the story, with the result being a distinct whiff of activist journalism – or ‘journavism’ as it is known.
Donnison’s tale of a baby boy born – supposedly as the result of IVF treatment using smuggled sperm – to the wife of a Hamas terrorist jailed in Israel after having been sentenced to multiple life sentences, was featured on the BBC News website, on BBC television news programmes, on BBC World Service radio
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