It’s happened again. A story relating to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi appears to have been manipulated by BBC Scotland.
Yesterday Reuters released an interview with Megrahi in which the Libyan protested innocence saying the truth over Lockerbie would soon be released. The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing described those responsible for his conviction as ‘liars’ and complained that his name had been ‘exaggerated’ by the west.
However journalistic integrity once more vanished when the phrase “exaggerated my NAME” became “exaggerated my ROLE” as the halting words of a dying man speaking a second language were blatantly manipulated by firstly Reuters and then the BBC. Compounding the distortion, it has emerged that the Arabic word used by Mr Megrahi in the interview was اخترع which translates, not as "exaggerate", but as "invent, concoct, contrive, think up, manufacture, fabricate".
The online misinformation was followed by radio and TV broadcasts claiming that Mr Megrahi had complained that “his role in the bombing had been exaggerated” and “his role in the attack had been exaggerated”.