BBC not required to disclose an Internal Report on Israel-Palestine Coverage

In Sugar (Deceased) (Represented by Fiona Paveley) (Appellant) v British Broadcasting Corporation (Respondent), the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom ruled on 15th February 2012 that an internal BBC report on its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict did not need to be released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. Mr Sugar, now deceased, requested the disclosure of the “Balen Report,” which is an internal report that was allegedly biased in its coverage of the Middle East, and the BBC refused to do so. The case reached the Supreme Court, where the majority dismissed his widow’s appeal on the grounds that even if information is held only partly (as opposed to predominantly) for the purposes of journalism, art or literature, it is still outside the scope of FOIA.

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