Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s criticisms about the Western media's news coverage of the situation in Syria, led the British state-run broadcaster BBC to interrupt his speech by a weather forecast item.
Lavrov’s press conference at the Geneva meeting on Saturday June 30 provided another chance for the BBC to show its bias against the Syrian government.
Different Arabic and Western news channels were deployed in order to give the minute coverage of the meeting’s news and sidelines, but after UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UK Foreign Minister William Hague when it was the turn of the Russian Foreign Minister to speak, the channels cut their live broadcast and showed other programs instead.
The reason of such an action by the news networks was that Lavrov attacked some Western media for being biased against the Syrian government, saying, “Some TV channels [such as] Euronews, CNN and BBC when they show phone pictures they say that we can confirm the identity of these pictures.”
The strong criticism was enough for the channels to interrupt Lavrov’s speech, with the BBC, which claims to provide transparent and accurate information, showing a weather forecast item.
Of course this is not the first time that the BBC’s reports on the current situation in Syria are not transparent. Earlier on May, the network was caught passing off an old photo from Iraq in 2003 for the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla.
In a report published hours after the massacre, Britain's state-funded news network used an old photo of dead Iraqi children taken by Marco Di Lauro in Al Mussayyib nine years ago, and presented it as a photo of victims of the recent massacre of civilians in the town of Houla located in western Syria.
The BBC’s unprofessional activity is not limited only to international issues. When cities across Britain in August last year were the scene of the unprecedented unrest, in which British citizens took to the streets against the government’s discriminatory policies, their own poor livelihood and the police’s fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, the BBC described the protesters as “rioter, robber and wild” and regarded the British police as the victim of the demonstrators’ violence.