BBC chief’s warning over ‘growing assault on truth’ as he calls for solidarity with journalists


BBC chief’s warning over ‘growing assault on truth’ as he calls for solidarity with journalists facing ‘intimidation and harassment’ across the globe

  • BBC director-general Tim Davie said journalists face ‘intimidation and hostility’
  • He said some, including BBC journalists, ‘face threats to their lives and liberty’ 
  • Mr Davie took over from Lord Hall as BBC director-general in September 2020

The director-general of the BBC has warned that a ‘growing assault on truth’ poses a threat to societies and democracies around the world.

In a statement issued to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which is today, Tim Davie said journalists across the globe face ‘intimidation, harassment and hostility’.

Mr Davie said: ‘In the midst of the Covid pandemic, it is clearer than ever why people need access to trusted, impartial news. 

In a statement issued to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which is today, Tim Davie said the BBC stands in solidarity with journalists and other media organisations who continue to fight for truth and media freedom

Mr Davie, who took over from Lord Hall as BBC director-general last September, said the growing assault on truth represents a profound threat to the health of societies and democracies worldwide

Mr Davie, who took over from Lord Hall as BBC director-general last September, said the growing assault on truth represents a profound threat to the health of societies and democracies worldwide

‘Trusted information is an essential public good, but many journalists around the world – including those from the BBC – are facing intimidation, harassment and hostility. 

‘Some even face threats to their lives and liberty.’

He added: ‘This growing assault on truth represents a profound threat to the health of societies and democracies worldwide.

‘We stand in solidarity with journalists and other media organisations who continue to fight for truth and media freedom.’

Mr Davie took over from Lord Hall as BBC director-general last September.

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