02 May 2007
Fertility doctor to sue BBC for 'defamatory remarks'
A doctor who claims to have been the victim of defamatory remarks in a television show may sue the BBC for over £1 million, according to a report in the Times.
Mohammed Taranissi, 52, alleges that the derogatory claims were made during an episode of Panorama which examined practices in fertility clinics.
Having visited one of Mr Taranissi's clinics, the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre, the programme makers alleged that its treatments were "unnecessary and unproven".
In particular the show alleged that when presenter Kate Silverton went undercover to receive treatment at one of Mr Taranissi's premises, she was offered a treatment that was deemed to be potentially dangerous to an unborn baby.
Commenting on his decision to pursue legal action, Mr Taranissi told the Times: "The programme was biased and irresponsible. I believe that Panorama had more information in their possession that was telling them that there was a different side and a different argument, but they chose not to use it. It's not what I would have expected from the BBC."