Slap on the wrist for Cherie’s sis

Cherie Blair’s sister Lauren Booth has been censured by Ofcom for breaching impartiality rules while discussing May’s Gaza flotilla controversy on an Iranian TV channel, reports MediaGuardian.

Presenting her regular Press TV show, Remember Palestine, Booth described the events surrounding the interception by Israeli military forces of a pro-Palestinian aid convey as a “massacre” and “barbarous attack”.

The programme also began with a pro-Palestinian song and anti-Israeli imagery. The news network is controlled by the Iranian government and has a bureau in west London.

Ofcom said the programme failed to provide “alternative views” but Press TV denied the regulator’s verdict because the broadcast “merely reflected the general atmosphere around the world”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 246 of Media Digest.




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