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Even trying to get it right, they always seem to get it so wrong.
Who knew that demanding equality was controversial.

BBC journalists have been told that new rules on impartiality mean they may no longer be able to go on LGBT pride marches, even in a personal capacity, in case their presence is taken as a sign of political bias.
The BBC’s director general, Tim Davie, introduced the rules on Thursday. They are designed to shore up the public perception of BBC impartiality, following long-running criticism pushed by right wing media outlets about alleged biases of corporation staff.
In addition to strict new social media guidelines, Davie introduced a ban on the broadcaster’s news reporters taking part in “public demonstrations or gatherings about controversial issues” even when not marching under an identifiable BBC banner.
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BBC journalists told not to 'virtue signal' in social media crackdown

The guidelines state that “judgment is required as to what issues are ‘controversial’ with regard to marches or demonstrations, though it should be assumed that most marches are contentious to some degree or other”.
Journalists in BBC newsrooms across the UK told the Guardian that managers had informed them that while pride marches were not specifically mentioned by the guidelines, journalists would be stopped from attending due to the new rules.
BBC sources did not dispute this, but said interpretation of the rules would at the discretion of local managers. They emphasised that there was no explicit ban on pride marches in the rules. BBC employees not working in the news or current affairs divisions would still be able to take part in public marches and protests.
One BBC journalist said their manager had been told that growing media and political opposition to trans rights in the UK meant public LGBT pride events were now more likely to count as controversial events, meaning they would not be able to attend even in a personal capacity.
Managers also held up Black Lives Matter marches as an example of protests that would be banned for news staff, even in their spare time.
BBC Northern Ireland pulled its employees from taking part in Belfast Pride last year, after politicians raised concerns that it breached impartiality rules by implicitly endorsing same-sex marriage. The same year, however, the BBC’s entertainment arm spent a substantial sum to launch RuPaul’s Drag Race UK with a float at Manchester Pride.
The introduction of the impartiality guidelines has also caught out Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news. She contacted staff on Thursday to introduce the strict social media rules, which explicitly warn reporters that liking posts on Twitter and other social media platforms could be seen as a sign of “revealed bias”.
Unfortunately, staff quickly noticed that Unsworth’s own rarely used personal Twitter account had most recently liked a 2019 tweet by a Liberal Democrat activist criticising the prime minister’s performance in a Question Time debate. The tweet said: “Boris has just offended everyone, male or female, in this room. I’ve never seen a more appalling performance by a UK prime minister. Absolutely dreadful.”
A BBC spokesperson said Unsworth had now deleted all of her “likes”. They said it highlighted the issues that the new impartiality guidelines were intended to address. “This just shows how vigilant we all need to be. This was a classic case of fat finger syndrome. She didn’t even realise she’d ‘liked’ it.”
Fuck that for a game of soldiers. I will never, ever, be forced back into the closet by my employer. I know, I know, technically it isn’t.

But if you’re known to be gay, and happy to identify as such, who should be able to dictate whether you attend a community event or not?? This is precisely what Gay Lib was all about.

Not to mention the fact many people value it as a social occasion. Besides, there’s nearly as many straights that attend some Prides, like Brighton.
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I knew there would be a clarification at some point. Reading reports today, it seems like attendance at Prides will not be banned (so if you just went to a pride that’s OK); but joining a Pride demo or protest will be.

Whether it’s in support of someone who’s experienced harassment, or discrimination, or against an act of brutality (like the Orlando killings). This is where it gets very wrong, because there’s not meant to be any limits in a “free” country like ours on self-expression.

Then again, we’ve been living in a police state for the last 7 months...
I don’t see how such a policy survives a challenge.

Even wearing a poppy for November 11 is a political statement. I doubt BBC News staffers will be barred from wearing them, and so right there is a wedge for challenging this.

For BBC journalists with children engaged in a progressive cause, their employer will be proscribing how they act as a parent supporting a child’s activities?
(30-10-2020, 08:19 PM)jdcyl Wrote: Even wearing a poppy for November 11 is a political statement.  I doubt BBC News staffers will be barred from wearing them, and so right there is a wedge for challenging this.

Wouldn't be the first time, read this 2001 story, which admittedly was their international news channel not the UK one, but still.
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