More newspaper inspired smear attacks on the SNP and independence movement have been broadcast by BBC Scotland using the station’s newspaper review programme.
Sunday’s Radio Scotland newspaper section featured two smear attacks on the SNP. The first related to a story in The Sunday Post which attempted to link the Scottish government to the manufacturing of components for Turkish fighter jets.
Listeners to the programme heard Daily Record political editor David Clegg summarise claims published by The Sunday Post which included attacks on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Clegg, whose newspaper was behind ‘The Vow’ during the 2014 Indyref, went on to highlight another story in the Daily Record’s Sunday sister paper The Sunday Mail that smeared the pro-independence campaign Yes Scotland.
The programme also included a lengthy section that witnessed the recent Cambridge Analytica smear attack on the SNP again raised. Listeners heard studio guests ‘review’ a Sunday Times article that claimed the SNP wanted the Pro-Leave campaign to win the EU referendum in the hope it would increase support for independence.
The use of newspaper reviews has come under scrutiny following the promotion of an edition of The Herald newspaper that contained accusations against First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, that the newspaper subsequently admitted were untrue. The Herald published an apology as a result. BBC Scotland refused to apologise for its own role in circulating the falsehood.
Concerns over political output at BBC Scotland have increased this week following claims of the existence of a blacklist containing names of pro-independence individuals. Speaking at a pro-Yes event, comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli said he was told of the existence of such a list by a BBC Scotland producer and that none of those on the list would be allowed to present or participate in political programmes and current affairs shows.
The broadcaster has denied the existence of any such list but failed to make clear whether similar lists existed in the past.
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