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Morris is right

Issue No. 1766

TGWU UNION leader Bill Morris has added his voice to calls by anti-Nazis for the BBC and media to stop giving airtime to the BNP. Morris plans to write to the BBC slamming it for 'becoming the house journal for the BNP. BNP leader Nick Griffin is on Radio 4 more than the prime minister. 'The BBC is lending a hand in legitimising racism.'

Morris is spot on. Rod Liddle, editor of Radio 4's flagship Today programme, has banned journalists from referring to the BNP as Nazis. The programme even ran a piece on a BNP 'change of policy' as a top item last week. It was presented as if it were a change of policy by Labour, the Tories or some other parliamentary party.

Instead it was an attempt by a party led by a man with a conviction for inciting racial hatred (with a convicted bomber as second in command) to hide its Nazi views.

The BBC and many newspaper editors claim they are exposing the BNP through interviewing leading figures. But such interviews have actually provided a platform for Griffin and the Nazis, with journalists treating them as serious commentators. That's why the Anti Nazi League is campaigning for no platform for Nazis in the national and local media.

Around 100 people turned up in Pudsey town centre on Saturday to an Anti Nazi League organised demonstration aimed at showing Nazis from the National Front that they were not welcome on the town's streets.

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Sat 15 Sep 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1766
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