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BBC accused of bias in its programme on assisted dying
In a story picked up by several national newspapers, , Dr Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship and campaign director of Care Not Killing, has complained to the BBC after the treatment he received in relation to its coverage of assisted suicide. Dr Saunders was originally approached to appear on a programme to provide a counter view to that of Lord Falconer, advocate for the introduction of assisted suicide into British law. However, the programme eventually featured Lord Falconer unopposed. Assisted suicide is a recurring theme in current news -
“Why did they drop me? One can only speculate. I suspect that BBC cheerleading played a part, but I suspect also that Falconer, possibly remembering our last debate on the Radio Four Today programme, might have said that he would prefer to speak unopposed and they deferred to his requests.
Unnervingly, this is just the latest in the BBC’s biased coverage of the topic – an issue picked up on by several newspapers (please see references below).