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?
BBC Awards Lifetime Achievement to Murder Inciting Islamist
I was surprised and sorry many years ago when Cat Stevens made the decision to cease performing and became a Muslim. I couldn't see the attraction to it for him, but estimated he might have have personal family reasons to account for his choice. Other than the loss of his music which I had enjoyed immensely, it wasn't a problem for me, and I would still listen to his old tracks.
But given the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and seeing that Stevens is part of it, as described below, he has become persona non grata.
I doubt the BBC would normally promote anybody from the Western world who had urged others to murder, since it would interfere with the 'caring and concerned' image that they want people to think they are, but as we see time and time again, when it's Muslims doing the urging they have no problem ignoring it.
(hat tip - Guido)
BBC GIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO VIOLENCE-INCITING ISLAMIST LOON The wild world of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards caused some trouble last night. Now morning has broken, Guido can reveal their new Lifetime Achievement winner isn’t a passenger on the peace train. The Beeb bestowed the honour on Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, who infamously said of Salman Rushdie:
“he must be killed. The Quran makes it clear: If someone defames the prophet, then he must die”
And here he is calling for Rushdie to be burned alive:
Yusuf later insisted he was only joking, don’t let me be misunderstood.
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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