BBC knowingly broadcasts ‘coded negative imagery’ of Corbyn, top British lawyer claims
One of Britain’s leading barristers has claimed that a senior BBC journalist has told him that the public broadcaster has indulged in showing “coded negative imagery” of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn since his election in 2015.
Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, a group which recently helped win the case in the EU courts for the UK to unilaterally stop Brexit if they wish to do so, took to social media to post the alleged evidence of bias against Corbyn.
Maugham, who originally made the claims in March this year, said that he was making messages between himself and a senior BBC journalist public after being ‘trolled’ by Rob Burley, editor of the BBC’s live political programmes, about the issue.
The Editor of Live Political Programmes at the BBC, @RobBurl, is now trolling me by suggesting I made up my assertion I have messages from a senior BBC journalist saying they do code negative imagery about Corbyn into their broadcasts. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/Iz09Fl2OLO— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) December 10, 2018
Here are those messages. 2/3 pic.twitter.com/PRSKOQCvTy— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) December 10, 2018
The unverified texts show the BBC journalist describe Corbyn as a “stupid man” who is not up to the job of leading the Labour Party because it’s too complex a role for him.
Revealingly, the journo goes on to say that he’s an “old man” with many deficiencies which can’t be written out plainly so they’re “all transmitted in code.” Some of the visuals the BBC transmit “screams OLD MAN OLD MAN OLD MAN,” he added.
Maugham, who freely admits that he’s a frequent critic of the Labour leader, particularly on the issue of Brexit, insists he won’t personally name the journalist in question. He is willing, however, to get a senior lawyer with the agreement of the BBC’s Burley, to certify that the journalist in question is an important figure within ‘news’ at the public broadcaster.
The lawyer claims he’s still waiting to hear back from Burley.
I will not publicly release the name of that senior journalist. But I will mutually agree with @robburl the name of a senior lawyer who I will show the messages to and who will certify that the journalist is an important figure in BBC News. Over to you, Rob? 3/3— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) December 10, 2018
It comes after Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan ordered an inquiry after the Daily Record newspaper leaked documents at the weekend showing anti-Corbyn propaganda being promoted by the Institute for Statecraft, a charity which has received £2 million in government funding.
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