Priti blasts the BBC: Residence Secretary accuses broadcaster of exhibiting an ‘undercurrent of xenophobia’ when reporting on the Authorities’s Rwanda immigration plan
- Residence Secretary says she was ‘stunned’ by tone of BBC reporting on Rwanda
- Patel: African nation is ‘stereotyped’ and ‘handled with prejudice’ by media critics
- Feedback in new interview stoke flames between authorities and company
- BBC defended its reporting of situation with ‘appreciable public debate’
Priti Patel final night time accused the BBC’s protection of her Rwanda migrant plan as carrying ‘undercurrents of xenophobia’.
In her newest disagreement with the broadcaster, the Residence Secretary accused the company of ‘stereotyping’ the central African nation and ‘displaying prejudice’.
She informed the Sunday Telegraph: ‘I used to be fairly stunned simply by the tone of [BBC journalists’] references to Rwanda.’
In a brand new interview, Priti Patel stated some BBC reporters had been responsible of xenophobia (pictured in Rwandan capital Kigali, the place the Residence Secretary introduced the migrant deal on April 14)
The company’s protection had ‘undercurrents’ of xenophobia just like factors made by opponents of the deal, she stated.
Patel said: ‘Once you hear the critics begin to stereotype, begin to generalise, to start with that is all very offensive. It is deeply offensive, and it is primarily based on ignorance and prejudice, a few of this, for my part.
‘I might name them lazy and sloppy characterisations, however really they are not.
‘I used to be in Parliament on Tuesday and there are undercurrents, if I could say so, of simply sheer xenophobia, which I feel is completely appalling.’
Patel stated the BBC has been accountable partially for some ‘sheer xenophobia’ towards Rwanda
A BBC spokesman, responding to the feedback, stated: ‘The federal government’s settlement to ship some asylum seekers to Rwanda led to appreciable public debate.
‘Journalists from the BBC and different media had been there to report the story and ask questions concerning the plan.’
Patel’s fiery feedback look set to reignite a battle between the BBC and the Authorities.
Patel’s plan seeks to maneuver potential migrants to Rwanda whereas their claims are processed (Channel migrants pictured arriving in Kent on April 14, the identical day the deal was launched)
Simply weeks in the past the government-appointed Ofcom chair and Tory grandee Lord Grade criticised the BBC licence price ‘regressive’ in an look earlier than MPs.
Lord Grade, 79, spoke in favour of privatising Channel 4 and attacked the BBC’s protection of occasions such because the Downing Avenue events as ‘gleeful and disrespectful’.
The previous controller of BBC One reiterated his critique of the licence price’s unfairness, stating: ‘I did not suppose that was an opinion, I assumed that was an announcement of truth, really.’
Earlier this yr the Tradition Secretary Nadine Dorries hit the Company with a two-year licence price freeze – as her allies warned that ‘the times of state-run tv are over’.
Tense negotiations between the Authorities and the BBC over the price of the annual price till the top of 2027 concluded in January, with Ms Dorries deciding to carry the licence at £159 for the subsequent two years.
Officers calculate that the Company should discover financial savings of greater than £2 billion over the subsequent six years on account of the freeze.