The BBC has made a dramatic climbdown over comments broadcast in its 2019 Panorama programme ‘Is Labour antisemitic?’.
Publishing on its corrections page, the broadcaster admitted to removing crucial context during its interview with Izzy Lenga, who had experienced antisemitism after she became a student activist.
In the programme, they broadcast the interview as follows:
I’m Izzy Lenga, I joined the Labour Party in 2015… The antisemitic abuse I received was what I was subjected to every single day… Telling me Hitler was right, telling me Hitler did not go far enough…
In Labour Party meetings… we’ve seen people engage in Holocaust denial… and that’s terrifying for Jewish members… It absolutely breaks my heart to say but I do not think the Labour Party is a safe space for Jewish people any more.
They have since admitted that, if the programme were to be re-broadcast, they would include some additional comments (in bold below), which are pretty important, you might think!