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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00940

BBC Editing of Douglas Ross Comments

Submitted by: James Dornan, Glasgow Cathcart, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, August 30, 2021

That the Parliament is disappointed with the BBC editing of a statement made by Douglas Ross, via Twitter, regarding the cooperation agreement between the Scottish National Party and Scottish Green Party, in which he used the term, “anti-families”; considers that this phrase is often used to vilify pro-LGBTQI+ policies; understands that, when reporting on the statement, the BBC removed this term, which it believes protected Douglas Ross from what it sees as valid criticism; reminds the BBC of what it sees as its responsibility to report fairly and accurately, and requests that, in future, the broadcaster provides full context when quoting politicians and political parties’ statements.