The BBC is facing criticism from politicians over its coverage of the refugee crisis in Australia, with some saying the corporation is failing to deliver on its promises to report the facts.
The news organisation has also come under fire for its coverage in recent days of a deadly fire at its headquarters in Melbourne, in which two staff members were killed.
Australian media have criticised the BBC’s decision to show images of the blaze from the building’s front door, while ABC News reporter Sarah Elkins said that while she had not seen any evidence of a cover-up, the organisation was “trying to put the story out there”.
ABC News: ‘It’s not news’ A BBC spokeswoman said that when she arrived in Australia to report on the disaster, the news organisation had already covered the story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) website and from local ABC News.
“The BBC is not a news organisation,” the spokeswoman said.
“The BBC’s work is focused on delivering information that Australians can use to make informed decisions.
ABCNews.com: Australian media to cover Australia’s refugees well despite lack of informationThe ABC has had to change the way it shows images of fire, floods and other major disasters in recent weeks. “
We’ve been working closely with the ABC’s Australian news team to make sure they can report on Australia’s refugee crisis with the same level of confidence that they would in other major news stories.”
ABCNews.com: Australian media to cover Australia’s refugees well despite lack of informationThe ABC has had to change the way it shows images of fire, floods and other major disasters in recent weeks.
In February, the ABC announced that it would no longer show images from the front door of the ABC building, which houses its Australian bureau.
Instead, the broadcaster would show images on its website.
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