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17 / 06 / 2011 - MAKE A COMPLAINT TO BBC ABOUT ANTI-LIFE DOCUMENTARY PROMOTING SUICIDE
On Monday night, the BBC screened "Choosing to die", a documentary by Sir Terry Pratchett, promoting the legalisation of assisted suicide.
Please make a complaint to the BBC about the showing of this documentary using the online form at https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/
You can also make a complaint by telephoning the BBC Audience Services on 03700 100 222 or write to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR.
Here are some points you could make in your complaint:
Geoff Morris, a disabled man severely affected by multiple sclerosis, has criticised the documentary. He says it:
-- presents a fictionalised picture of the Swiss suicide system;
-- is strongly biased in favour of this highly controversial suicide process;
-- fails to address any objections or alternatives to assisted suicide.
Mr Morris' described the documentary as "..shameless propaganda" ; "..grossly misleading and unbalanced"; "..a repellent exercise in deceit"; "..untrue and distorted"; "..riddled with myth-making": "..fails to acknowledge any of the serious concerns about assisted suicide"
The BBC is violating its public service duty to impartiality by broadcasting items favourable to the assisted suicide cause. By broadcasting a person's suicide, and providing a platform for the promotion of assisted suicide. the BBC is undermining suicide prevention campaigns, including BBC and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance on media coverage regarding suicide.