BBC: Remove Corbyn 'shoot-to-kill' video ruled in breach of accuracy and impartiality

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Following the Paris attacks in November 2016, Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC interviewed Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a report that was ruled by the BBC Trust as a breach of accuracy and impartiality guidelines. Corbyn's answer to one question was edited to look like it was in response to another. Following the June 2017 London attacks, the video is now one of the most watched on the BBC website.

The video included a clip of the Labour leader stating: “I am not happy with a shoot-to-kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think can often be counterproductive."

Kuenssberg had presented that as Corbyn’s response to a question put to him on whether he would be “happy for British officers to pull the trigger in the event of a Paris-style attack”, but the Labour leader had been responding to a question (edited out) asking whether he would be happy to order police or military “to shoot to kill” on Britain’s streets – and not specifically regarding a Paris-style attack in the UK.

As stated by the BBC Trust: "The report dealt with a critical question at a time of extreme national concern. Consequently the audience would have an expectation that a scripted item on the BBC’s prime time television news programme on such a day would reflect with the greatest accuracy what the Leader of the Opposition had said on the matter...The Editorial Guidelines place a responsibility on the BBC to take particular care when a 'controversial subject' might be considered to be a 'major matter'. The standard of impartiality the BBC must achieve is therefore higher."

The video should be removed immediately from the BBC website, subsequent to the ruling, in order to preserve accuracy and impartiality in state media; the absence of which can have detrimental consequences.



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