Wednesday, 27 February 2013

RTÉ's coverage of the Syrian Civil War

So apart from telling me that my complaint has been "logged" by RTÉ and forwarded to RTÉ News, I never actually received any official response to the issue of impartiality in the national broadcaster's coverage of the Syrian Civil War

Below is the complaint I submitted on 17 August 2012:

Dear Sir/Madam

I wish to submit a complaint regarding coverage of the ongoing conflict in Syia on RTÉ SixOne News on Thursday 16 August 2012.

During the piece, RTÉ reported that Syrian civilians had been "kidnapped" by a Lebanese clan in response to the "capture" of a Lebanese civilian by the so-called Free Syrian Army.

According to The Legal Dictionary kidnapping is defined as: "The crime of unlawfully seizing and carrying away a person by force or fraud, or seizing and detaining a person against his or her will with an intent to carry that person away at a later time."

Can RTÉ clarify why a loaded term (kidnap) was used to describe the actions by one group, yet not similar actions of another?

Neither group are the legitimate armed forces of a sovereign nation, as such does it constitute a failure of objectivity on behalf of RTÉ in its coverage of the conflict?

It should be taken onboard that unlike the private media, RTÉ is mandated to be fair and impartial.

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