BBC to appeal FoI ruling on Israel coverage

The BBC is to appeal to the High Court to overturn last month's ruling from the Information Tribunal that it should release a report into its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under the Freedom of Information Act.

Last month, the tribunal ruled that the corporation should release the report, written in 2004 by senior editorial advisor Malcolm Balen, following an FoI request from lawyer Steven Sugar.

The BBC, along with Channel 4 and Welsh broadcaster S4C, is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, but must only disclose material held "for purposes other than journalism, art or literature".

The case is the first test of the exact extent of that derogation.

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