As the row continues to simmer about the appearance of the BNP’s Nick Griffin on the BBC’s Question Time programme we have to ask ourselves if banning the BNP from live TV is the right stance to take?
It’s not so long ago that we here in Ireland banned Sinn Féin members from the airwaves through legislation know as the broadcasting ban. This same party now holds leadership positions in the devolved government in the north of Ireland and are regularly welcomed to places like 10 Downing Street and the Whitehouse. This is also the same party whose leaders or many of them have been responsible for maiming and killing thousands of people similar to the actions of those who founded this state.
On a daily basis we are exposed to images and media interviews of world leaders like George Bush, Obama and Gordon Brown across all media outlets. These are world leaders who are responsible for killing thousands if not millions of Iraqi’s and Afghans. The same world leaders who live in lavish luxury while half the world starves.
The catholic church whose hierarchy continue to be afforded the respect of those holding very high office and who are usually seated at the top tables of most family weddings continue to preach from the dark ages. It’s not so long ago that gays and lesbians were not recognised by this state and the catholic church. The same catholic church that disapproves of contraception whether it be for family planning or to prevent the spread of killer diseases like AIDs.
OK, I’m gone off on a little rant but while I’m no fan of the BNP I do think that trying to censor them only plays into their hands by supplying them with the oxygen that helps their propaganda machine breath. If we are going to censor them for holding very extreme views should we not also ban all of the above and many more??
Censorship is a real old media stance afterall its virtually impossible to censor groups like the BNP in the new media age we live in.