Wednesday, February 08, 2012
BBC want apology from Syrian TV Stations
BBC’s foreign editor, Jon Williams, insisted that Syrian TV stations Al Dunya and Al Ikhbaria owe the BBC an apology for their attacks on the institution’s honesty. These TV stations accused the BBC and its reporters of creating problems and fabricating stories which were not fully accurate.
Roy Greenslade in his article 'BBC demands apology from Syrian TV stations'- 23rd January 2012 shows Jon Williams to be concerned about the intimidation which the staff from the BBC are facing in order to produce their reports. Now that foreign correspondents are allowed into the country, Williams argues that some of the blame lies with Government officials, saying "the Damascus authorities must allow our staff to do their job without them being intimidated".
Williams stresses that staff from the BBC work to show all sides of a report and in order for this to be carried out efficiently, “the intimidation of local staff must stop”.