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BBC issues apology – Kuwait sovereignty error

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 4, (KUNA): British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Thursday issued a statement apologizing for historical fabrications and false allegations about Kuwait’s sovereignty.

It said that the question, which was raised by Trending Show presenter Rania Attar over Kuwait’s historical sovereignty, appeared to have been asked in a wrong and unclear way that did not meet the BCC’s impartiality criteria, and that’s why an apology was needed.

It added that it cannot be a party in this regard or even adopt a certain view, especially in controversial matters according to the statement. “BBC would like to confirm that it handles such matters, which are related to its editorial policy based on balance, objectivity and neutrality, with much seriousness, and to do everything necessary to ensure that these criteria are met,” it noted.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information on Thursday categorically rebuffed the fabrications and allegations of a BBC Arabic show on Kuwait’s sovereignty. In the program, BBC alleged that up until 1920, Kuwait was part of Iraq.

But the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information issued a statement on Thursday, rebuffing BBC’s “fabrications and allegations” on the country’s sovereignty. The ministry “regretted” that BBC presenter Rania Al-Attar’s program “Trending” had fabricated allegations about Kuwait’s historic sovereignty and “violated professional rules, distorting historic facts.” “Such false claims and serious mistakes are utterly unacceptable, especially when this comes from an international media outlet, which is supposed to observe professional criteria, and to clarify, not distort, facts,” said the statement.

It drew question marks on the timing of such claims, which coincided with the 28th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The ministry said it “has the right to pursue any entity or institution that deliberately commits this historic distortion” of facts.

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