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BBC urged to explain hiring of former Sun journalist behind documentary on Labour and antisemitism

CAMPAIGNERS have demanded the BBC explains why the broadcaster hired an anti-Corbyn former Sun journalist to make its “impartial” documentary on Labour and anti-semitism.

The BBC One Panorama programme will aire what it claims is a fair and impartial documentary tonight, but supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the documentary “a biased hatchet job” ahead of the broadcast.

Director John Ware was also behind a 2015 Panorama documentary which attracted widespread criticism for making false claims about the Labour Party leader.

In another documentary, Mr Ware falsely implied the head of pro-Palestinian charity Interpal was using it as a front for terrorism and the BBC was forced to pay damages to the individual and publicly apologise on his behalf.

In an online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall, signed by nearly 9,000 people as the Star went to press, campaigners said: “It is clear John Ware cannot be trusted to direct a ‘fair and impartial’ documentary on Labour and Jeremy Corbyn.

“It is obvious that employing a man with an anti-Labour agenda to direct a documentary about Labour is in breach of [BBC’s] guidelines.”

You can sign the petition here: actionsprout.io/5F809F

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