The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
How does the BBC measure up to its charter?
Known criminals given "equal rights" over Gerry Adams
In the matter of the arrest of Gerry Adams, a known member of the IRA self-styled "Army Council" I was appalled to hear other known terrorists giving the IRA/Sinn Fein party line, which is that this arrest is a wholly political matter. The facts are that in the 1970s this man was boasting in the Republic of Ireland that he was a leading member of the PIRA, a terrorist organisation. Blair did a deal that the leaders of the IRA would be given seats in parliament and Stormont in return for stopping theviolence. The violence was indeed reduced and some weapons were scrapped. Unfortunately for Blair's fantasy many weapons and a number of terrorists did not subscribe to the "Good Friday Agreement" and the violence, using known weapons, goes on to this day.
It has long amazed me that people like Adams and the other 4 IRA/Sinn Fein MPs can refuse to take their seats and yet claim all their salaries and expenses. I am further amazed that they are allowed to take their seats in Stormont without taking an oath of allegiance to the Queen as head of state of Northern Ireland.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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