A BBC expose of allegations of anti-Semitism in Britain's Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn was Thursday nominated for an award by the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA).
The documentary, titled "Is Labour Anti-Semitic?" and broadcast in July 2019, has been tapped in the Current Affairs category of the academy's annual TV Awards.
The other nominees in the category feature child poverty in Britain, a British-born Islamic State fighter and state-operated oppression in China. The awards ceremony will be aired on July 31.
The BBC investigation spoke to former Labour officials who said top party figures, including Corbyn’s communications director Seumas Milne and general secretary Jennie Formby, had minimized complaints of anti-Semitism against party members.
The investigation also quoted former Labour members who felt a hostile atmosphere toward Jews within the party in recent years, who were sometimes challenged over Israeli government actions by other party members.
Labour dismissed the accusations, calling them “deliberate and malicious misrepresentations designed to mislead the public.”
The party consistently battled accusations of anti-Semitism following Corbyn's election as leader in 2016.
Corbyn - a veteran campaigner for Palestinian rights - as well as other senior party officials were criticized for failing to take decisive action to deal with it.
The veteran London MP was replaced as party leader in April, after leading Labour to two general election losses, including an historic defeat in December 2019 that left the Conservative Party with a massive majority.
His replacement, former human rights lawyer Sir Keir Starmer, has vowed to cooperate fully with an impartial inquiry into anti-Semitism in the party by Britain's Equality and Human Rights Commission, and has met with the Jewish community to discuss the issue.
Reuters contributed to this report