At the beginning of this month we exclusively highlighted the BBC’s refusal to report on the Jay Cheshire case, a 17 year old who tragic took his own life as a result of an allegedly false rape accusation. The BBC’s outright refusal to report on the case even when asked to do so resulted in an in depth HEqual investigation into BBC ethnics in which we uncovered the fact that the organisation had never reported on a single suicide resulting from false rape accusations in its history!
In order to give a more complete picture of the BBC’s disgraceful bias here, we thought it would be interesting to examine some of the “news” it decided to report on its website in preference to the Jay Cheshire tragedy. The list below ignores national BBC stories, and simply looks at article found either on the BBC South section of the website during the week in which most others reported the case and/or prominently featured on its BBC South today news programme. Jay lived in Hampshire so even if the BBC had decided not to give the case national coverage it would still have been founded on the BBC South section of the website at the very least were the BBC a reputable and neutral organisation. All the stories were also tweeted by the BBC South Twitter account.
Here are the reports licence fee payers funded in preference to a 17 year old being driven to suicide by allegedly false rape accusations:
We’ve sent this same list to the BBC and also enquired as to whether there was a policy at the organisation which prohibited the reporting of such cases. They decline to respond to the list, though stated “may I assure you that there is no policy in BBC News around reporting cases of false allegations of rape.”
Seeing as we still can’t find any BBC reports about the Cheshire case (or any similar such case) we’d strongly encourage readers to make an official complaint about this matter.