Alan Craig takes BBC and ITV to court over election broadcast

“The BBC and ITV are not entitled to limit free speech and I look forward to the judge ordering them both to broadcast my original message.”

From the “I’m NO  Dhimmi” department @ Christian Today


A London mayoral candidate is taking the BBC and ITV to the High Court for censoring  his party Election Broadcasts in the run up to the May 1 elections.

The Christian Choice candidate, Alan Craig, has instructed the Christian Legal Centre to file papers this morning at the Royal Courts of Justice after BBC and ITV officials instructed him to remove parts of his Party Election Broadcast which was aired on Wednesday evening.

Cllr Craig, a long-standing campaigner against the ‘mega-mosque’, due to be built in Newham close to the site of the Olympic Games, originally described the organisation behind it, Tablighi Jamaat, as ‘separatist’.

However, BBC and ITV officials responsible for supervising the Broadcasts instructed him to moderate his views and change this description of the Islamic organisation if he wanted it aired.

Cllr Craig claims not only ‘political interference’ by the broadcasters, but says such action breeches his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects freedom of speech.

*  “Controversial” Sux:

According to the Christian Legal Centre, Cllr Craig changed the word to “controversial” under duress. Late in the day ITV insisted that the agreed word “controversial” should be applied to the mosque plans not to the Islamic group. Cllr Craig’s objections to the mega-mosque, however, have consistently been related to the nature of the Islamic group behind the project – the plans have not yet been published.

* Blackmail:

Cllr Craig said: “BBC and ITV officials, none of whom were lawyers to our knowledge, clearly instructed us to ‘tone down’ our views and change the sense if we wanted the PEB broadcast. The legal language of ‘libel’ was mentioned by the BBC, and in the case of TV, we were forced to go back to the studios at the last minute to record a censored version of the PEB.

“I am advised that libel is a defamation of an individual, and no-where in the broadcast do we defame individuals. My comments are reasonable and moderate and do not contradict the Racial and Religious Hatred Act. The BBC and ITV are not entitled to limit free speech and I look forward to the judge ordering them both to broadcast my original message.”

Andrea Minichiello Williams, barrister and director of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “Providing that the content of an election broadcast is within the law, the BBC and ITV should enable the electorate to hear the unedited views of candidates and allow them to make up their own minds as to whether they agree or not.”

The Christian Legal Centre will be calling for a Judicial Review of the BBC’s and ITV’s decision, and ask the judge to order, as a matter of urgency, the unedited Party Election Broadcast on both channels. The case will be heard next Monday when Cllr Craig will be represented by leading Human Rights barrister, Paul Diamond, who represented Nadia Eweida in the BA Cross row.


4 thoughts on “Alan Craig takes BBC and ITV to court over election broadcast”

  1. Come on, people! Freedom of speech is only for liberals! Why can’t you understand that?

  2. It takes brave souls like this to stand up for their rights. The rights that the muslims are taking away by fear, intimidation and terror. He deserves a standing ovation!

  3. Congratulations to Mr. Craig. This is what we all should be doing, challenging these dreadful people at every opportunity, and with every weapon available, in spite of the death threats which will follow as inevitably as the night follows the day. We must forthwith abandon our current practice of rolling over and playing dead if we wish our children to be able to live in a free and tolerant society.

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