The BBC has taken six reporters in the Middle East off air and launched an investigation into posts on social media that seemed to support activities of Hamas against Israel, APA reports citing The Financial Times.
Posts that were tweeted or liked by BBC News Arabic reporters, including those based in Egypt and Lebanon, appeared to support Palestine or criticise the position of Israel.
The BBC has now taken all six off air, though they have not been formally suspended, pending an urgent investigation into their activities as BBC employees.
All the posts have been taken down, but media reports suggest that one reporter liked a message that appeared to describe Hamas, the Palestinian militant movement that attacked Israel nine days ago, as “freedom fighters”.
The Guardian newspaper has also said it would not renew the contract of its veteran cartoonist Steve Bell, who last week complained on X after a cartoon featuring Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pulled.