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On March 1, parts of the BBC were unable to access e-mail and other internet services, possibly due to an attack caused by its systems being overwhelmed by a flood of external communication requests.
Recent attempts were also made to disrupt the Persian Service’s London phone-lines through multiple automatic calls and to jam two BBC Satellite feeds into Iran.
Though Director General Mark Thompson would not comment on the details of these attacks, he did write a blog post last month on interference and harassment of BBC Persian service by the Iranian authorities.
via BBC News:
The revelations follow Reporters Without Borders "Enemies of the Internet" report which was released at the start of the week.
The free-speech lobby group reported that Iran and some of the other countries on its register “censor internet access so effectively that they restrict their populations to local intranets that bear no resemblance to the world wide web.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard created a “cyber army” in 2010. Hundreds of net users have been arrested and some even sentenced to death.
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten.
So, to ensure amends are made more quickly and apologies are administered when appropriate, the BCC is launching a corrections and clarifications page online, and due to recruit a new chief complaints editor. BCC Trust has also outlined 7 new proposals to improve the efficiency of the complaints process, which are open for public assessment.
This comes as titles in the newspaper industry introduce such columns within their printed pages, as launched by the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday and the Metro last year. In evidence to the Leveson inquiry at the beginning of this year, editor of the Telegraph Tony Gallagher also said he “may need to consider” the introduction of a corrections column ”in due course”.
The proposals can be viewed here.
England’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) takes the BBC to task for a recent episode of its radio show World Have Your Say where the host asked call-in show listeners, “Is there a problem with young black men?”
This follows a recent Newsnight television program where historian David Starkey claimed “whites have become blacks” when discussing England’s riots.
In an open letter, Gregory H. Lee, Jr, the NABJ President, writes:
Even more disturbing, the Newsnight presenter did not challenge that bizarre assertion - on a program that regularly holds people accountable for their views. By allowing the comment to go unchallenged, was the BBC agreeing with the inference that becoming black is monolithically synonymous with being violent?…
…Is this just a case of shocking incompetence or racism — as others have said? Why have black people in Britain not been afforded the same respect given to others? Why is the assumption that if something is negative pertaining to black people it is deemed acceptable by the BBC? What happened to the BBC’s duty to provide accurate and balanced reporting? This raises the question of whether the BBC’s senior editorial ranks need better racial and philosophical diversity to avoid being blind to such insensitive incidents.
— Before the Age of Social Media, a journalist’s belongings consisted of a pen, paper, and maybe her roladex. Today, the accounts from which they tweet and post are becoming valuable assets, too.
In the Online Journalism Blog the occurrence of Laura Kusenssberg and her withdrawal from BBC for ITV is referenced to exemplify why this matters in a real world application. The underlying question here is ‘do journalists have ownership of the brand they create or is the organization they are associated with have rights to the users?’
— The BBC releases its in-house social media guidelines for journalists (PDF).
Reportr has a head scratcher about BBC News political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg and her Twitter account.
Under her @BBCLauraK handle she’d built up a following of almost 60,000 people. Now that she’s moving on to ITVNews the question is does she need to give it up?
The simple thing would be to change the handle to @ITVLauraK but life isn’t always so simple. Instead, she’s starting from scratch.
Social media creates an opportunity for journalists to interact on a personal level with audiences.
Even if an account is branded as a “BBC” journalist, it blurs the traditional barrier between the professional and personal as tweets tend to reflect the personality of the reporter.
It marks a further step in the shift from the institutional to the individual brand of the journalist, identified by the State of the Media report in 2009: “Through search, e-mail, blogs, social media and more, consumers are gravitating to the work of individual writers and voices, and away somewhat from institutional brand.”
On the one hand, having BBC attached to your name will get you more attention. On the other, having LauraK attached to its brand gets the BBC added attention.
Something to think about if you slap your organization’s call letters before your name.