8 October 2010 – The Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC has just made public its decision, where it rejected Chachipe’s appeal against the decision of the BBC Editorial Complaint Unit (ECU), which found that Chachipe’s criticism of “Gypsy child thieves” was unfounded. With this decision, Chachipe’s complaint has failed the final stage of the BBC’s internal complaint procedure, which is based on the BBC’s editorial guidelines.

Of all the points, Chachipe raised in its complaints (which are available on Chachipe’s website), the Trust retained to only one: Chachipe’s criticism regarding the usage of the word “Gypsy”. However, the Trust did not see any problem in the usage of the word “Gypsy crime”, since it shared the view of the producers of the documentary, who maintained that there is indeed a certain type of crime, which can be attributed to Roma. The Committee said: “The Committee did not consider the phrase suggested that all Roma were criminals, nor that in the context of the expectations of a UK audience, did it have the Fascist connotations ascribed to it by the complainants and by Amnesty International.”

The Committee also took the view “that there was a clear public interest in investigating the increase in child crime amongst the Roma community”. It did not accept Chachipe’s right to complain over a violation of privacy rights in the context of secret filming, since it considered that Chachipe is not a first party in relation to the documentary. On the same grounds, it rejected Chachipe’s argument according to which the documentary should be assessed against the fairness and consent guideline of the BBC editorial code.

At the end, the Committee supported the view of the ECU complaints manager, who said: “I appreciate (the programme) raised some controversial and sensitive issues and showed the Roma community in a frequently negative light, but I believe the allegations in the programme were supported by facts and there was a clear editorial purpose in reporting serious and widespread criminal behaviour.”

Chachipe is utterly disappointed by this decision, which it does not perceive as fair and unbiased. Over a year, the organisation has been fighting an uphill fight against the BBC documentary, which it sees as perpetrating racist stereotypes about Roma. One of the arguments of the documentary was to link begging and thieving to Roma culture and to blame Roma for the strengthening of anti-Gypsyism.

“Gypsy child thieves” was distributed in more than twenty countries including Australia and Japan. In Switzerland, the documentary was recently broadcasted under the title: “Im Auftrag der Sippe: Wie Romakinder zu Dieben werden” (On the order of the clan: How Roma children become thieves”).

Chachipe said that the rejection of its complaint by the Editorial Standards Committee was based on a most generous interpretation of the BBC’s editorial guidelines, to the advantage of the producers. The organisation criticised the fact that evidence suggesting the biased character of the investigations leading to the documentary, including the fact, that no major Roma organisation was consulted regarding its content, was not considered.

Chachipe also pointed out that the legitimacy of its complaint was testified by supporting statements from  Amnesty International and of the Council of Europe Roma division, which were also rejected.

“The BBC’s final rejection of our complaint shows how difficult it still is to combat anti-Roma racism,” the organisation said. “If those who there to make an objective assessment of the validity of a complaint are themselves caught in a bias, it is indeed very difficult to convince them of the racist nature of a statement,” the organisation concluded.

 

“Zoralo zurnalistikano kotor palo yek komplikovano subyekti” – BBC na lela Chachipeski daviya-tuzba palo dokumenatarno filmi “Romane chave sar chora”, daviya sar bisebepesko ando peste

October 12, 2010 in NevipeNevipe/News/Vijesti (Edit)

8 Oktobari 2010 – BBC-sko Editorialno Standardengo Komiteti kergyapublikune peri deciziya, kote lela bisebesko e Chachipesko apeli, kova dendilo pali BBC-sko Editoriyalno  Daviyake Kotoreski (ECU)  deciziya, kova arakla kay e Chachipeski kritika palo “Romane chave sar qora” isin bisebesko. Akale deciziya, Chachipseki daviya ali ani piri finalna faza e BBC-sko andrune-interno daviyake procedurake, koya bazirinelape ano BBC-sko editoriyalno butikeripake hakaya.

Kotar sa punktya, kola o Chachipe vazdingya ano piri daviya (koya shay te arakelpe ani Chachipe-ski webrig), o Komiteti aqilo ko yek: Chachipeski kritika pali butikeripaski praktika e lafesko “Gyspy”. Soy maydur, o Komiteti na dikela sar problemi butikeripaski praktika palo lafi “Gypsy kriminali” soske ulavela piro dikhibe e producenteya akale dokumentaresko, producenti kova aqilo zoralo palo piro dikhiba kay isi yek tipi palo kriniminaliteti, kova pandela samo e Romencar. Komiteti phenela ani piri deciziya: “Komiteti na arakla kay e fraza koya isine propozirimi-dendi kay sa o Roma kriminalcya, thay na isine ano ajikerbasko konteksi Bare Britaniyake publikake, thay sa akava na isinele Fashistiqka konotaciya-dikhiba, sar so isine pendo kotar o Chachipe thay Amnesty International.”

Komiteti lela ano dikhibe “kay isine shuzo publikuno interesi te kerelpe investigaciya palo yek ano numero pouqo qavorikano kriminaliteti mashkar o Romano komuniteti”. Na lele Chachipaski hakayeski daviya palo paghipe e hakayesko palo privatiteti kote ano dokumentari kerdilo garavdo rekordipe, thay sa akava kerdilo ano konteksi kay o Chachipe na isine odova kova isine afektiriono-ani relaciya akale dokumentareya. Ano akala sebepya, isine lelilo bisebepseko Chachipasko argument palo kova dokumentari mangelape te oceninelpe kontra e fer thay mashkarando buikeripako hakay kotar e BBC-sko editoriyalno kodi.

Ko fundo, Komiteti dengya phikodeyipa-suporti, dikhiba e ECU menajeresko, kova pnenela: “Me kereva najs (programeske) kay vazdingya disave kontraverzalne thay senzitivno bukya, thay kay mothavgya kay o Romano komuniteti isi frekvetno ano yek negativuno dudi, thay me gendinava kay bukya kola dendile ano programi isine suportime faktencya, thay isine shuzo editoriyalno dikhibe palo reportiripe yeke seriozno thay buvlarde kriminalno manushikane mothavibasko.”

Chachipe perdipa nane qalardo akale deciziya, kola nalela sar yek fer thay pashe dendi. Yek bersh, organizaciya margyape kontra e BBC-ske dokumentareske yeke bregoske maripa, kova sar dikelape phiravela rasistikuno stereoptip palo Roma. Yek kotar o argumentya akale dokumentaresko isine te kerel phandipe-linki mashkar rodipa ko sokakya thay qoripa, e Romane kultura, thay te kerenpe bange o Roma palo baripe e anti-Romanipasko (bikamipe e Romengo).

“Romane chave sar qora” isine distrubuimo ano 20 thay pobuter phuvya kote ano akava numero chivelape e Australiya thay Yapani. Ani Svajcariya, dokumentari isine dendo talo nav: “Im Auftrag der Sippe: Wie Romakinder zu Dieben werden” (Tali komanda e klaneski: Sar Romane chave ovena qora”).

Chachipe phengya kay akaya bisebepeski daviya koya araklili kotar o Editoriyalno Standarerdesko Komiteti bazirimi ano BBC-sko editoriyalno butikeripaske hakaya, isine ani rig e producenteski. Organizaciya kritingya o fakti kay mothavipe kova prepozirinela biulavdo karakteri sar kerdili e investigaciya ano dokumentari, kote akate chivelape ini o fakti, kay niyek pobari Romani Organizaciya na isine konsultimi panglo e dokumentareske kontekseya, thay sa akava na lelape ani konsideraciya kana kerdili e deciziya.

Chachipe soy maydur mothavgya kay legitimeti lenge daviyake isine ispatimo-posvedikuymo e  phikdendo Amnesty Internatioanal thay Evropake Konzileske Romane Ofiseske lilencar, kola araklile bisebepesko.

“BBC-ski finalno bisebepeski deciziya amare daviyake mothavela sari panda phare te marelpe anti-Romano rasizam, e organizaciya phenela. “Te odola kola kerena objektivuno arakhipe palo validiteti e daviyako, korkore arakhenape ano ikeriba yeke rigako, chachikune i phare te vazde ando lende dikhiba palo rasistikuno natura e vakeribasko” e organizaciya phenela.

Chachipe a.s.b.l.