FACT CHECK: Did BBC Remove Jeremy Bowen From Gaza Coverage?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims BBC removed its journalist Jeremy Bowen from reporting on Gaza after receiving a complaint from Israel.  

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. BBC made a post on X, formerly Twitter, confirming that it is false.

Fact Check: 

Over 17,700 Palestinians have died in Gaza since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, about two thirds of which being women and children, according to USA Today. About 90% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been displaced, according to CBS News.

A Facebook post claims Bowen has been removed from Gaza coverage. The image shows the BBC logo alongside a photo of Bowen with text.

The text reads, “BBC has removed Jeremy Bowen from Gaza, its most experienced Middle East correspondent for saying ‘He had not seen any evidence of Hamas using civilians as human shields.’ Israel complaint [sic] to BBC and said that this was pro-Hamas and BBC immediately pulled him out of Gaza.”

The post is inaccurate, however. The X account for the BBC Press Team replied to another iteration of the claim. “This is complete rubbish (and was rubbish when it last circulated in 2014),” the post reads. “Jeremy is currently reporting from London, and will be back in the Middle East soon.”

The account also linked a 2014 article debunking the same claim. Furthermore, there are no credible news reports to corroborate the claim.  (RELATED: No, BBC Did Not Publish A Video About Ukrainian Official Under Investigation For Sending Weapons To Hamas)

Check Your Fact reached out to a BBC spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. 

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Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter