September 27, 2006Security

BBCs contempt for India’s justice system

Adding misinformation to prejudice

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Nothing, it would appear, will convince the BBC that terrorists can be guilty.

Mohammed Afzal has been sentenced to death for his alleged role in the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament. [’BBC emphasis added]

Nothing, it seems, will convince this organisation that Afzal is guilty. Not even the due course of law.

Afzal was awarded the death sentence by the trial court here in 2002. The Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court later upheld it. The apex court also rejected his review petition. [The Hindu]

It is unclear what the BBC would need to drop the word alleged. Nothing will, is the reasonable answer.

But the BBC could even be permitted this prejudiced form of journalistic scepticism if it did not also indulge in deliberate misinformation in the same article.

If Mr Afzal is executed, he will be the second Kashmiri to be hanged for separatist activities.

In 1984, the founder leader of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, was hanged on charges of killing an Indian intelligence official.[BBC]There’s a tremendous difference between hanging murderers who happen to be separatists and hanging Kashmiris for separatist activities. It is hard to believe that the BBC with all its fact-checkers and editors can’t tell the difference. There used to be a time when people used to cite its reports as authoritative accounts. That was a long time ago.

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