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BBC article upsets Norway Far-Right. Norwegian minority politicians have lashed out at the BBC for its headline implying its policies are linked with mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. Reporting about the results of Monday’s local elections, the broadcaster wrote about Progress’ (FrP) fall to 11.4 percent in an article called ‘Norway local elections: Breivik Party Suffers’. Breivik, who killed 77 people on 22 July, used to be a member of the Far-Right Party’s youth movement (FpU) at about the same time he started planning his attacks nine years ago. He also boasted he knew of an al-Qaida cell.

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BBC article upsets Norway Far-Right

Published on Wednesday, 14th September, 2011 at 16:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 14th September 2011 at 21:38.

Norwegian minority politicians have lashed out at the BBC for its headline implying its policies are linked with mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

BBC Broadcasting House, London
BBC Broadcasting House, London
Photo: Ashley Pollak/Flickr


Reporting about the results of Monday’s local elections, the broadcaster wrote about Progress’ (FrP) fall to 11.4 percent in an article called ‘Norway local elections: Breivik Party Suffers’.

Breivik, who killed 77 people on 22 July, used to be a member of the Far-Right Party’s youth movement (FpU) at about the same time he started planning his attacks nine years ago. He also boasted he knew of an al-Qaida cell.

“I know two people with connections to al-Qaida who are based in Norway. This has consistently been hushed-up by POT (present Police Security Service/PST) and/or the government. If I know of two, there are at least ten,” he wrote on the Party’s discussion forum.

FrP leader Siv Jensen, who has disassociated herself and the Party from Brievik’s actions, said to Dagbladet, “I had expected that such a major broadcaster to would have researched things more thoroughly. They have not taken the time to talk with me, in any case.”

Tabloid Dagbladet’s political editor, Marie Simonsen, alleges these types of misunderstandings occur much more easily when looking at things from another country.

“This is just another example showing that you can’t trust even what the BBC writes from abroad. The BBC has probably interpreted Breivik’s connection with FrP to be stronger than it really is. It’s strange to see the BBC, which one thought was extremely precise, being so tabloid.”

The BBC altered its headline yesterday afternoon about the “anti-immigrant Progress Party” to ‘Norway local elections: Breivik’s old party suffers’.

A BBC spokesperson said in an email to The Foreigner, “The BBC is committed to the highest standards and this change was made because we felt this was clearer and more accurate."




Published on Wednesday, 14th September, 2011 at 16:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 14th September 2011 at 21:38.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, frpbbc, norwaylocalelections.





  
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