Posted by: Witch Doctor | February 5, 2010

Euthanasia – Biased reporting?

BBC ACCUSED OF PROMOTING EUTHANASIA BY IGNORING RIGHTS OF DISABLED

“They claim there had been ”numerous complaints” over the ”persistent bias of the BBC on matters relating to euthanasia and other life issues and on the manner in which the BBC have misused public funds to promote changes in the law”.

The MPs complain of ”thinly-disguised plays and soap operas being used to promote the use of euthanasia and misrepresentation of pro-life activists in the UK as people of violence”.

They claim the ”multi-million pound campaign” culminated with a Panorama programme on Kay Gilderdale, who was cleared of attempting to murder her 31-year-old daughter Lynn after pleading guilty to assisting her suicide, and Sir Terry’s comments.”

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Early Day Motion
EDM 787

BBC AND DISABILITY GROUPS
03.02.2010

Winterton, Ann

“That this House notes that over the years there have been numerous complaints by hon. Members regarding the persistent bias of the BBC on matters relating to euthanasia and other life issues and on the manner in which the BBC have misused public funds to promote changes in the law; further notes the bias of the Corporation applies not only to news programmes but to drama, with thinly-disguised plays and soap operas being used to promote the use of euthanasia and misrepresentation of pro-life activists in the UK as people of violence; further notes that these presentations have culminated in the last weeks with a multi-million pound campaign featuring Mrs Kay Gilderdale in Panorama and the fantasy fiction writer, Sir Terry Pratchett, given centre stage to present this year’s BBC Richard Dimbleby lecture calling for euthanasia and supported by the BBC website; further notes that as usual the BBC have ignored the rights of the disabled, despite the fact that every disability rights group in the UK is opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia on the grounds that from experience they know it would undermine the right to life of the disabled; and calls on the Government to make it clear to the BBC that public funds will be withdrawn unless they abide by the Charter and ensure that all programmes on issues of public interest are treated impartially, and that in particular broadcasters must bear in mind the human rights of the disabled.”


Responses

  1. Good to see the parliamentarians are waking up to what we medical bloggers have been saying for some time. Dr No, using rather un-parliamentary language, called it a death-fest.


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