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?
Who the BBC Presents as Example for Programme on FGM
Listening to Radio4 just after 12pm today I caught a segment from the programme Coming of Age The Why Factor Episode 8 of 10 Listen in pop-out player Two girls, two stories, two very different outcomes. A party for one... a painful ordeal for another. Mike Williams asks Why societies around the world, mark a single, special day as the point when childhood ends and adulthood begins?
The first part tells of a girl attaining adulthood with in her society in San Antonio, Texas. The second tells of a younger girl undergoing horrific FGM (female genital mutilation) after which she s considered an adult and will be married off.
Now from which society have you heard of this practice being perpetuated? One that some are still carrying it on in this country? Would that be Muslims?
But who do the BBC consider relevant to use an example of this practise?
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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