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Sunday, 6 January 2008

BBC edits Bhutto's claim that Bin Laden is dead

Here the BBC responds to claims that it 'censored' a David Frost interview with Benazir Bhutto last November which was published on the BBC website.

During the interview for Al Jazeera, the late Benazir Bhutto calmly states that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by Omar Sheikh.

The BBC shares some news material with Al Jazeera but edited the video before it was published on the BBC News website.

The BBC say the claim was edited out because of time pressure and a desire to 'avoid confusion', but admit that it should have been left in.

Al Jazeera broadcast the interview unedited and you can see it, in full, on YouTube. Bhutto's claim that Bin Laden was killed comes around 6 mins 10 and remarkably went unchallenged by David Frost.

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