Demand the BBC Apologize for Polling the Question: "Should Homosexuals Be Executed?"
  • Petitioned Mark Thompson

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Chair of the Executive Board and the BBC Direction Group
Mark Thompson
Director of Marketing, Communications & Audiences
Sharon Baylay
Acting Head of BBC's Africa/Middle East Bureau
Liliane Landor

Demand the BBC Apologize for Polling the Question: "Should Homosexuals Be Executed?"

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

The British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) "Africa Have Your Say" forum ran a poll asking whether it was ever acceptable to execute gay people. The poll, which was intended to cover the debate in Uganda over whether to implement the death penalty or life imprisonment for the country's LGBT people, ran on the Web site of the BBC.

After receiving widespread criticism from activists, the BBC changed the wording of the poll to say, "Should Uganda Debate Gay Execution?" But that's simply not good enough.

By polling the question of whether gay people deserve to be executed, the BBC is feeding into the very extreme homophobia and views that are fueling the criminalization of homosexuality around the globe. Send a clear message to the BBC: it is never OK to execute people because of their sexual orientation. To pose the question is abhorrent.

Let's demand the BBC apologize for such an insensitive and potentially very dangerous poll.

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