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BBC spent £350,000 on legal battle to keep its ‘biased’ Middle East coverage secret
Report examined corporation’s coverage of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Liz Thomas and Nicholas Mcdermott
February 16, 2012
The BBC has been accused of a cover-up after spending almost £350,000 on a legal battle to suppress an internal report about bias in its Middle East coverage.
A seven-year campaign to gain access to the 2004 document, which examined the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ended in defeat yesterday after the Supreme Court ruled it could remain secret.
Lawyer Steven Sugar, who passed away last year, made a Freedom of Information request in 2005 for disclosure of the 20,000-word Balen Report.
But the corporation argued it was exempt from revealing information it held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature’.
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