How does the BBC continue to get away with it?
By spending your money, that’s how.
If you’re a TV licence fee payer, or someone from abroad who consumes BBC news stories in exchange for advertising, then sadly you’re complicit, albeit in a miniscule way, to the BBC’s ongoing concealment of the now infamous Balen Report.
Completed in 2004, the Balen Report was supposed to assess BBC reporting on the Israel-Palestine conflict. That the Beeb commissioned such a report in light of accusations of bias already tells us one thing. And no, it’s not that they are dedicated to transparency and fairness.
Now we learn that the BBC has been spending cartloads of public money trying to hide the Balen Report.
Since its completion, there have been public, legal challenges aimed at having the BBC disclose the document. At first, it appeared that the BBC was able to hide behind an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act that allowed it to hide information held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature, but to their dismay, the Information Tribunal soon challenged such a position.