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UK Lawyers for Israel broadcasting regulator complaint against BCfm Politics show dismissed by Ofcom
I’m pleased to announce that Ofcom have ruled there was no breach of Rule 5.13 after a complaint – submitted by UK Lawyers For Israel – about this show generally and specifically our broadcast on Friday 23rd November last year. The complaint by UKLFI’s Jonathan Turner could have led to this show being taken off the air permanently – BCfm being fined or made bankrupt, or having our licence revoked. The complaint included several falsehoods, including that we’d said -> • that the Manchester Arena bombing was carried out by MI5 and the Rothschild family -> • that “Illuminati” infiltrate and control the government. These are both malicious exaggerations. Jonathan Turner said – in his complaint – that “The Politics Show is filled with conspiracy theories, extremism, racism and propaganda and in breach of multiple provisions of the OFCOM Code.” He said “We identified and analysed 14 breaches of the OFCOM Code in a single episode of a programme that is broadcast every week. This must be a cause for alarm. OFCOM should ensure that an extremist is not permitted a platform to spread his message of conspiracy and hate.” So UK Lawyers for Israel tried to take me off the air for running a neo-Nazi propaganda show. An inversion of the truth which Ofcom have now refuted. The actual OFCOM investigation boiled down to three issues – first – the peddling of conspiracy theories, which I explained is a meaningless term used to smear investigative journalists – by conflating real conspiracies with fake ones – it was introduced into the US media in 1967 by the CIA – after the Warren commission into the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy – to cover up the CIA’s role in the president’s murder. Second – lack of balance with regard to the state of Israel – in response I pointed out that on six occasions from August 2018 I’d aired extended interviews with five Israeli cabinet ministers – including the prime minister – more than any UK radio programme – This was the most serious of the complaints because it alleged the programme was racist and antisemitic – In fact the prophet Mohammed – instructed his followers to practice – much like the right of self defence in international law – the self-defence jihad – this part of the Koran has been twisted by the Salafist and Takfiri doctrines to justify sabotage and terrorism against ones enemies, creation of a ‘Caliphate’ – even the killing of fellow Muslims – is fairly well understood – We decided to look at the other side of the coin – extreme fundamentalist Zionist doctrines – what some Jewish scholars call the twisting of old testament prophecy to justify war – and interviewed Canadian author David Livingstone – who’s just about to come out with another book examining these subjects – entitled Ordo Ab Chao – latin for Order From Chaos – David argues some nihilistic Zionists actually want a Middle East war in order to evoke the Jewish messiah – but that they may end up evoking the antichrist instead. This programme includes many justifications for creating the state of Israel – not least of which last week is the Holocaust of six million – suffered by European Jews under the Nazis – but history teaches us that all religions can be hijacked by ruthless people for political and criminal purposes – and so November programme was taking a balanced look at the extremes of Zionist as against Islamist pseudo-religious doctrine. Which I’m pleased to say – this station – and last week Ofcom too – stood by. The final comment Ofcom decided may have merit was that the programme was biased against MI5 – this programme aired on the week of parliament’s Intelligence and Security committee – chaired by Dominic Grieve MP’s report into the London and Manchester terror attacks – every mainstream press headline was critical of MI5 including the Manchester press – and the show did include contrary views supporting MI5’s innocence.
First hour news review: with Conservative councillor for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, Geoff Gollop – also local food campaigners Stephanie Wetherell and Humphrey Lloyd. BBC’s Danny Shaw: Ten charts on the rise of knife crime in England and Wales – offenders under 18 are still more likely to be cautioned than locked up. Budget of Bristol City Council: Marvin can do what he wants; cuts – Council will only able to do social services; increase in staff in Mayor Marvin’s office; what would Tory party do differently? Paul Hazeldean discussing Wild Goose cafe food and food bank handouts increasing – also for working people. Steph Wetherell from Bristol Food Producers: market gardens, farmers markets, local vegetables, and shops; Market gardener Humphrey Lloyd from Land Workers Alliance – Union for small growers; perverse that there is no cap on biggest landownwers and no subsidies for small UK farmers; Bristol food network – farmers markets: Bristol Farmers’ market, Corn Street, every Wednesday, 9.30am–2.30pm Tobacco Factory market, Tobacco Factory, corner of North Street/Raleigh Road, Southville, every Sunday 10am–2.30pm Whiteladies Road market Organised by local residents’ group Sustainable Redland, and held on the corner of Whiteladies Road and Apsley Road. Every Saturday 8.30am–2pm. – Brexit – how will it change system? Selling off of County Farms; sensible trade. Brexit: Oliver Letwin MP – on BBC’s Week in Westminister ‘no deal’ must come off the table or, in the wake of the disaster, Jeremy Corbyn may become Prime Minister for two decades; Iain Duncan Smith – extension for Brexit not possible; former Brexit Minister, Steve Baker – civil service running everything; – Lord Peter Ricketts on BBC Hardtalk – civil servants in charge; Peston show on ITV – can Theresa get her deal through? Labour Antisemitism row: Margaret Hodge on C4`news – anti Zionism is anti Semitism; Israel going outside its 1948 borders; Mark Francois MP and John Mann MP on Peston – Corbyn not anti Semitic just a poor leader.
Second hour Investigative reports: Saudi links to 9/11 attacks: proof pointing to Saudi government and CIA organising attacks; mass media even covering it now – Newsweek: CIA AND SAUDI ARABIA CONSPIRED TO KEEP 9/11 DETAILS SECRET – Government Wide Cover Up – New York Post – How US covered up Saudi role in 9/11 – Prince Bandar should have been a suspect – Newsweek – Saudi and US conspired; book ‘CIA and 9/11’ by Andreas von Bülow, German SPD politician and writer. A former government minister, he has authored books about intelligence agencies, including In the Name of the State. CIA, BND and the criminal machinations of secret service, links between Saudi Arabia and US – since WW2 – oil and arms sales, petrodollar system. Venezuela: largest oil reserve; surrounded by US proxy states; CIA and dirty tricks; invasion by US? How 9/11 Truth campaign started: motives behind 9/11; Ian Neal, one of first UK 9/11 Truthers, died recently of brain cancer; first suspicions over 9/11; Chris Hedges story – nuclear sharing with Saudi Arabia. Lord Peter Ricketts discusses national security and Brexit on BBC Hardtalk – UK and security after Brexit. Robert Fisk: Israel is playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan. For months, Israel has been assiduously lining itself up alongside India’s nationalist BJP government in an unspoken – and politically dangerous – “anti-Islamist” coalition, an unofficial, unacknowledged alliance, while India itself has now become the largest weapons market for the Israeli arms trade. Not by chance, therefore, has the Indian press just trumpeted the fact that Israeli-made Rafael Spice-2000 “smart bombs” were used by the Indian air force in its strike against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) “terrorists” inside Pakistan. – Israel and India anti Muslim alliance. Daily Express article: India election latest: India PM Modi support is SOARING with tough stance against Pakistan INDIA is expected to next month hold a General Election and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to continue for a second term. Now support for the Prime Minister is on the increase following an air strike on a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. Jerusalem Post – CORBYN CALLS ON UK TO FREEZE ARMS SALES TO ISRAEL AFTER UN GAZA REPORT – NOT REPORTED ANYWHERE IN UK MEDIA The report focuses primarily on Israeli and not Hamas violence, and concluded that the protests were peaceful. Corbyn – freeze arms Israel. Jackie Walker discussing suspension of Chris Williamson from Labour Party for alleged antisemitism – she has made a film ‘Witch Hunt’ which Labour have banned.
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