December 11’s ‘BBC Trending’ episode - photo courtesy of youtube December 11’s ‘BBC Trending’ episode - photo courtesy of youtube

BBC criticized for ‘inaccurate’, ‘unprofessional’ report about Japan

Fri, Dec. 14, 2018
CAIRO – 14 December 2018: Japan in Arabic, an initiative to introduce Japan and its culture to the Arab readers has sharply criticized the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), describing one of its shows as ‘inaccurate’ and ‘unprofessional’.

December 11’s ‘BBC Trending’ episode, featured Japan’s new decree to recruit foreign workers saying that Tokyo opened its doors for at least 340, 000 foreign worker in the fields of manufacturing, agriculture and construction. The video claimed that ‘Japanese people were aging and that they are unable to work anymore.’

‘About 20 percent of the Japanese are over 65, and most of them are not able to work anymore.’ The video host stated. She added that the new Japanese law includes issuing 5 year-visas to foreign workers with no crafts and indefinite duration visas for those who have main professions and high academic degree.

Another condition from the Japanese authorities to grant foreigner workers a visa according to the video is Japanese language proficiency. The video also featured number of tweets for social media users who attacked Japan and its policy towards immigrants. One of the users said that Japan initiative is ‘not out of humanity; but because they need workers for their own interest’.

Another user claimed that Japan has severe working conditions pushes people to commit suicide.

“A population of 127 million and only 2 million among them considered to be foreigners. Japan is a progressive and liberal country, however, there are a lot of comments anyone can take on it.” The host said.

Khaldon Azhary, Editor in Chief of PanOrient News told BBC Trending Program in the video that there is severe shortage in the number of workers in several sectors inside Japan, these sectors numbers are up to fourteen sectors. “Before the new law amendments, workers who did not have a craft or profession could not come to Japan, but now they need them. For example: waiters and taxi drivers will now have the opportunity to come and settle down in Japan.” Azhary said.

He added that if the authorities insisted to keep the language proficiency as a condition, not more than one thousand workers will be able to travel, because it is not a common or easy language.

This is inaccurate

“This video is full of mistakes and inaccurate numbers, especially claiming that 20 percent of Japan population is over 65 years old.” Japan in Arabic tweeted replying to BBC video.

Japan in Arabic also described the host’s way presenting the new law as ‘unprofessional’ and affirmed that the tweets chosen by the show was not true and full of false information.

“Welcome to #myths_about_japan hashtag” Japan in Arabic added in its tweet.

Japan in Arabic verified account which is linked to website joined twitter in August 2012, and since then it has been publishing information and stories addressing the Arab readers to introduce them to the Japanese culture.

Moreover, it lunched #myths_about_japan hashtag to replay to all false news posted on social media.

Not the first time

This is However, not the first time to BBC to be criticized over inaccurate information. Last February BBC produced false report called “The Shadow over Egypt” on alleged enforced disappearance cases in Egypt which was extremely denied by the authorities and proved to be wrong.

The report discussed the Case of Egyptian citizen called Zubeida Ibrahim.
In a talk show aired on ON E privet channel and hosted by Amr Adeeb , BBC was criticized for its unprofessional reporting and allegations, as Zubeida Ibrahim herself was interviewed denying all of the report information.

Egypt State Information Service (SIS) issued, then, a statement saying that Ibrahim’s interview with ON E entirely disproves the authenticity of the BBC report on her enforced disappearance and torture. BBC report claimed that Ibrahim disappeared on 8 April 2017, according to statements given by her mother.

Adeeb interviewed Ibrahim who revealed that she has been married for a year with a son called "Hamza" and she lives at Faisal neighborhood.

The young female said that her mother's false statements to BBC were given because the mother did not know her daughter’s whereabouts, Ibrahim asked her mother to forgive her and to accept to meet her as soon as possible.

BBC later was criticized. Head of the Journalists Syndicate Abdel Mohsen Salama said that BBC lost its credibility as media source.

BBC lost credibility as media source: Journalists Syndicate

CAIRO - 10 March 2018: Head of the Journalists Syndicate Abdel Mohsen Salama said on Friday that BBC lost its credibility as media source after its false report on alleged enforced disappearance cases in Egypt. Salama stressed the need to continue the Egyptian boycott to BBC as long as it ignored to apologize for its "disastrous mistake".

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