Right! So. You can spout factual inaccuracies, racism and sectarianism, as long as it is “political speech, in which freedom of expression is very important”.
One wonders how the leaders of the BNP feel, learning this after their registration as a UK political party lapsed (or have they re-registered – not that anybody cares about the BNP)?
What would Ofcom do if anyone else had acted in the same way, in the context of “political speech”? Would we suddenly find our words redefined out from under us?
Ofcom has dismissed complaints that a Ukip party political broadcast was racist and Islamophobic – but admitted some viewers would have found it offensive.
The broadcasting regulator assessed 40 complaints about Ukip’s four-minute party political broadcast, which urged people to vote to exit the European Union because Turkey could join.
The PPB, which aired on ITV and the BBC in early February, highlighted Turkey’s Muslim population and claimed that up to 15 million Turkish citizens could migrate.
“Having considered several complaints about this UKIP party political broadcast, we won’t be taking the matter forward for investigation,” said a spokeswoman for Ofcom. “We found this broadcast was capable of causing offence but this was justified by its context as political speech, in which freedom of expression is very important.”
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