15.03.18: BAI Guidelines Create Confusion not Clarity

 

The Pro Life Campaign has said that a fuller review of the new guidelines issued by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to broadcasters have done little to relieve fears regarding media treatment of the Eighth Amendment debate between now and referendum day.

Commenting earlier, PLC spokesperson Cora Sherlock said:

“There is no doubt that there’s an issue with media imbalance in the abortion debate in Ireland. The BAI has an absolute responsibility to be aware of the level of imbalance that exists and to go to whatever lengths are necessary to ensure that the public gets the chance to hear both sides of the debate.

“The updated guidelines from the BAI was the perfect opportunity to take appropriate steps to guarantee fairness. Instead, they have only succeeded in creating more confusion and wriggle room for bias. Ultimately, the public will be the losers if they are denied the chance to get all the facts about the government’s proposal before voting in the referendum.

“As stated earlier, we are actively considering all possible options at present to ensure this doesn’t happen.”

ENDS