The BBC admitted to producing a report about Syria, which “failed to meet the Corporation’s editorial standards for accuracy.”

The Radio 4 documentary was broadcast in November 2020. It aimed to discredit the inspector of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who had exposed his own organization’s report as a forgery, by accusing him of ’having been corrupted by Wikileaks. It also accused Daily Mail columnist Peter Hitchens, who had chronicled the OPCW’s manipulation, of being a supporter of the "Bashar regime."

The allegation that the Syrian Arab Republic has used gas against its own population is not supported by any credible argument. It is, however, one of the most widely used pieces of propaganda against the SAR.

Source: “Mayday: The Canister on the Bed, Radio 4, 20 November 2020”, BBC Executive Complaints Unit, September 2, 2021.