BBC Fights to Keep Internal Report on its Middle East Coverage Secret--Report Believed to Substantiate Anti-Israel Bias
"The BBC has spent thousands of pounds of licence payers' money trying to block the release of a report which is believed to be highly critical of its Middle East coverage.
"The corporation is mounting a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, despite the fact that BBC reporters often use the Act to pursue their journalism.
"The action will increase suspicions that the report, which is believed to run to 20,000 words, includes evidence of anti-Israeli bias in news programming."
Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, who observes, "REMEMBER WHEN JOURNALISTS SPECIALIZED IN TELLING US THINGS instead of keeping secrets?" Glenn, that is a little unfair. American MSM journalists have no problems disclosing any secret, provided that its revelation will damage U.S. security, weaken the War on Terrorism, undermine our the efforts of our troops in Iraq, weaken morale and national resolve, or politically hurt the Bush Administration.