Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Why Didn't The BBC Lead With This Item?

On Monday (an order banning publication has now been lifted) at Swansea Crown Court Sarfraz Ibrahim apleaded guilty to corruption, attempting to pervert the course of justice and misconduct in public office. He is the head of the advocacy unit at the Gwent CPS in South Wales and accepted a share of a £20,000 bribe to drop a case.

This brings the entire justice system into disrepute. It may just be one bad apple but the whole barrel is tainted. If there is one corrupt person at such a senior level then the whole system is weakened. Every case that Ibrahim handled will have to be checked for impropriety. His colleagues and associates will come under suspicion. People who had cases dropped against them may be wrongly slurred by the possibility of corruption. If there is one thing that the administration of justice, on which civil society rests, requires it is absolute honesty and impartiality. That is why Justice is blindfolded.
So how does the BBC report this earthquaking news? Not on the front page of its news website
but instead relegated to item 3 on its Wales page.
It's as if the BBC wanted to tuck it away from its viewers. Why?
Update 14 July: the scum got four and a half years or as short as two years and a quarter in prison assuming he wasn't remanded in custody.

1 comment:

James Higham said...

Well, you said it yourself - it threatens the system to air too many of these.