Sunday, December 20, 2009

BBC could face sanctions after hosting debate asking "Should homosexuals face execution"

"Trevor Phillips (pictured left), the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over offensive reader comments on its website," reports UK Pink News. "Phillips wrote to Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, to say the corporation could be legally forced by the EHRC to moderate reader comments on its website or face sanctions or possible court action. The BBC premoderated comments on its Have Your Say site but some of those published on the Uganda debate appeared to break its code of conduct for submitted comments. Critics expressed alarm at Phillips' letter, saying it would undermine media freedom. John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture committee, agreed that the BBC had been 'offensive and irresponsible' but warned against state censorship."

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