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Thursday, November 18 2010

Why Did BBC Pull Documentary About Hariri Assassination?

Murder_in_beirut The Guardian reports that the BBC suddenly yanked a documentary implicating Hezbollah in the Hariri assassination:

The first of three parts of Murder in Beirut was scheduled to be broadcast on BBC World this Saturday, but the producer was told without warning on Tuesday that it was being delayed.

The BBC said the film had not yet complied with its editorial guidelines. No new date has been set. But the decision to postpone it was taken after a Lebanese newspaper described how it accused the militant Shia group of the 2005 assassination, in which Hariri and 22 others were killed by a massive car bomb . . . .

The films include interviews with decision-makers in Beirut, Damascus, Washington and Paris, promising to tell "the gripping inside story of what's really at stake in the struggle for power in the Middle East". The BBC has not been warned specifically not to screen the series, but insiders admit there is nervousness about its impact in the current volatile climate.

I'm glad the Beeb is concerned for fact-checking, but I'm a little surprised that it's The Explanation this close to air time. I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were political considerations. The Beeb is supported by a license fee, which means public money has already been spent on this project.

Here's the trailer I found online.

UPDATE Nov 22: I hope the Beeb's powers that be are watching this bold CBC investigation on the assassination.



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