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Review BBC guidelines regarding staff ability to incite violence/hatred as long as they apologise afterwards

Submitted on Friday 2nd December 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

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Review BBC guidelines regarding staff ability to incite violence/hatred as long as they apologise afterwards

Additional Information

The Government should force the BBC to revise their guidelines to prevent their staff from making comments designed to incite violence or hatred towards individuals and/or groups. The comments cannot be undone by making a simple apology afterwards, particularly if this is not the first time it has happened. The BBC seems to take an inconsistent approach depending on who makes the comments - Jeremy Clarkson should be treated in the same way as Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.


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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

This is a matter for the BBC.

It is a long-standing principle that the Government does not interfere in programme matters. It is important to maintain the principle of freedom of expression which political interference could undermine.

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