Irish Republican News · November 11, 2003
[Irish Republican News]

[Irish Republican News]
BBC changes position on electoral coverage

Sinn Féin has welcomed the decision of the BBC to modify its position relating to election coverage in the light of a Sinn Féin court challenge.

On Wednesday, Sinn Féin launched High Court proceedings in Belfast challenging the manner in which the BBC were covering the Assembly election campaign.

South Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Alex Maskey said: ``It was clear that the guidelines they were using discriminated against the republican electorate.

``Yesterday the judge told the BBC to give their position mature reflection overnight. This morning they returned to the court and agreed to modify their position regarding election coverage.

``In light of this the case against the BBC would not proceed any further. However we will continue to monitor election coverage closely during the campaign and we will not hesitate to challenge overt discrimination again.''

We have a favour to ask

We want to keep our publication as available as we can, so we need to ask for your help. Irish Republican News takes time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe it makes a difference. If everyone who reads our website helps fund it, our future would be much more secure.

For as little as £1, you can support Irish Republican News – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

© 2003 Irish Republican News