The BBC’s outgoing director-general admitted that the media outlet erred in its lack of coverage of last year’s Itamar massacre, which took the lives of five members of the Fogel family.
In March 2011, Palestinians Hakim Awad and his cousin Amjad Awad entered the West Bank settlement of Itamar andbrutally stabbed to death five members of the Fogel family, including 36-year-old father Ehud, 35-year-old mother Ruth, as well as three of their children: Yoav, 11, Elad, four, and the four-month old baby, Hadas. The murders were first discovered by another daughter who came home and found the bodies.
Both of the cousins were later sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murders.
At a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing last week, British Conservative Party MP Louise Mensch quizzed the BBC’s outgoing director-general Mark Thompson about the lack of coverage. as she complained about the light coverage of the murders on BBC radio and television programs.
At the hearing, Thompson responded that the story occurred during a “very busy news period,” which included the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.
“But I do want to say, to all our audience including our Jewish and Israeli audiences here and around the world, we do want to make sure we are fair and impartial. We made a mistake in this instance.”