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Outrage after young Nazis appear on Radio One

Issue No. 2172

Anger at the BBC rose last week after it broadcast a radio “interview” with two leading BNP members on a news programme directed at young people.

The two were invited to spout their racist lies almost entirely unchallenged.

Radio 1’s Newsbeat invited Mark Collett, the former leader of the Young BNP, on to the show.

In 2004 Collett was recorded saying, “Aids is a friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it.”

In a racist tirade Newsbeat’s Nazi “guests” accused England footballer Ashley Cole of not being “ethnically British”—despite being born in London.

The BBC posted a transcript of the broadcast on its website along with a live link to the BNP's web page.

Many BBC workers, past and present, are outraged at the plan to put Griffin on Question Time.

Broadcasting union Bectu has said it will back any of its members who refuse to work on the programme.

And former Question Time producer James Macintyre, recently spoke out, saying, “Symbolically, Griffin’s appearance will mark the arrival of the party into the media mainstream.

“To those who ask, ‘Don’t you believe in free speech?’ I say of course, but not in engineering an opportunity to incite racial and religious hatred in front of millions of viewers.”

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