10:27, October 09 56 0

2017-10-09 10:27:08
Ofcom clears Carter-Ruck client Al-Jazeera of bias in The Lobby

Ofcom has dismissed complaints of antisemitism and impartiality against Carter-Ruck client Al Jazeera over its 2017 documentary series The Lobby.

Activists Luke Akehurst, Russell Langer and Ella Rose accused Al-Jazeera of breaches of privacy and unfair editing in relation to the documentary, which featured an undercover reporter and secret filming.

Kingsley Napley acted on behalf of Labour activist Akehurst and Langer, the public affairs manager for the Jewish leadership council. Langer was secretly filmed speaking to senior Israeli diplomat Shai Masot which he argued infringed his privacy and amounted to unjust or unfair treatment.

Masot would later hit headlines in the UK as for being caught on camera outlining his intention “take down” British MPs regarded as hostile to Israel, including the minister for foreign and commonwealth affairs Sir Alan Duncan.

Duncan has voiced support for an independent Palestinian state and in past speeches likened Israel’s policy towards Palestine to apartheid in South Africa. Masot was forced to resign following the diplomatic outrage and the Israeli ambassador apologised to the foreign and commonwealth office.

The fourth complaint appears to have been lodged by pressure groups who claimed the programme failed to honour due impartiality and was antisemitic in nature.