BBC editor calls for apology from Syrian TV
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 24-01-2012
The BBC is demanding an apology from two Syrian TV stations after the British broadcaster was accused of inciting sectarianism and fabricating stories.
The corporation's foreign editor, Jon Williams, said that Al Dunya and Al Ikhbaria had attacked the BBC's integrity, in a tweet posted on 23 January.
"It's taken long enough for Syria to allow foreign correspondents into the country, and we welcome that change of mind," he also told the Guardian's Roy Greenslade.
"But the Damascus authorities must allow our staff to do their job without them being intimidated," he added.
The BBC claims one of its producers has been 'verbally abused several times while working with reporters'.
Williams believes the abuse came at the hands of President Assad's supporters, and tweeted the BBC is "committed to reporting all sides of the story. Intimidation of local staff must stop."