Gaza: How Hamas tunnel network grew, bbc.co.uk: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

Three readers of this article complained that the description of its author as “an independent defence analyst” was misleading, in view of his association with the Israeli military.

 

Outcome

BBC News explained that the description was intended to reflect the fact that the author is not a full-time employee of any institution, but accepts engagements as an external lecturer on a per-course basis only.  The ECU thought this too narrow a basis for the description, noting that the author had published articles written from a clearly pro-Israeli perspective and under the imprimatur of explicitly pro-Israeli institutions, and agreed that the term “independent” was inappropriate.

Upheld

 

Further action

The Editor of BBC News Online has reminded staff that it is important to give sufficiently detailed information to enable readers to calibrate a contributor’s affiliations.