Maybe I’m going soft but sometimes think that I might be being too quick to criticise the BBC when they refuse to report eye-witness claims that a terrorist shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ as he launched his attack…maybe the BBC is being diligent and responsible…checking the facts and getting the story 100% right.
If that though ever crosses my mind again I will just have to remind myself about today and how the BBC reported the attack in Finsbury Park….immediately reporting, and continuing to do so throughout the day, that the attacker shouted ‘I want to kill all Muslims’…they have made it a story on its own on the frontpage…
A man has died and several people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque.
Khalid Amin, an eyewitness, describes what he saw happen.
It is absolutely correct to report such eye-witness claims…but to do so consistently and not manage the news when it is a Muslim attacker so as to downplay the identity of that attacker. That identity is a crucial piece of evidence that gives the likely motivation for the attack and needs to be reported so as to give the viewer the information to assess what is going on. What usually happens is that the BBC’s first report may well mention shouts of ‘Allah Akbar’ but then this is edited out of later bulletins and reports only to reappear maybe a day later once the police have 100% identified the attacker as Muslim…..no such approach today, just a stream of reports telling us that he shouted ‘I want to kill all Muslims’.