The day after the shooting: how the BBC reported the mistake.
The revisions of history lie side by side on the internet. I have no
particular axe to grind with the BBC. I think they're one of the finest things
Britain does and it's a disgrace how the government now bullies them, but this
is the story they told at the time - and of course the tabloids were far
Yes, things are confused after an incident like this. But why do all the
mistakes favour the authorities case? Has anyone gone back and found out the
source of all these stories that were slavishly reported? "Jean Charles was
running into the station." FALSE. "He was wearing bulky clothes."
FALSE. "Carrying a rucksack." FALSE. "Vaulted the pay
barrier." FALSE. "Ran when police shouted at him." FALSE.
By the time they start printing the truth
the mud has stuck and the killers have walked away.
Jean Charles was everyman, quietly on his way to work. He could have been you
or me. He was murdered by British forces as part of the War on Terror and his
death is an acute warning, a modern-day canary in a mineshaft. The details
of his killing are horrific and disgrace this country.
The diagram at the bottom sums it up. Out of 4 statements only one is
true: that's the one which describes where the escalator is.