BBC Bias in Favour of Assisted Suicide Must End

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BBC Bias in Favour of Assisted Suicide Must End

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BBC Bias in Favour of Assisted Suicide Must End

On Wednesday 10th February, the BBC aired a disturbing documentary entitled “How to Die: Simon’s Choice”. The documentary followed a 57 year-old motor neurone disease sufferer, Simon Binner, in the months prior to his assisted suicide at a Swiss suicide clinic last October.

The disturbing documentary has rightly been criticised by the anti-suicide group, Care Not Killing, who said that it “risks skewing what people think about assisted suicide and sidelines alternatives, such as hospice and palliative care.”

“It gives the impression that if you’re disabled or terminally ill your life is somehow worthless and you should kill yourself. Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in this country and the more it is normalised, the more people will think of it as a way out.”

As their spokesman said “We should be doing everything we can to stop suicide not advertise it.”

The BBC has denied that they are promoting euthanasia however, claiming that the film does not “serve to support either argument or intend to wholly represent the debate”.

Yet the film still manages to create the deeply disturbing impression that living with a serious disability is so intrinsically undignified that the right thing to do might be to end your life. This view is deeply offensive to the many people who are living with terminal and degenerative conditions, and utterly fails to recognise and respect their dignity.

The BBC should apologise to those people whom its documentary implicitly characterises as living an undignified life and must air a documentary of similar length which affirms the value of the terminally ill by airing someone who, despite their disease, loves life and rejects assisted suicide.

Sign this petition to the BBC demanding that, in the interests of journalistic responsibility, they air an opposing view; that they air a documentary about someone who is terminally ill but deeply opposes assisted suicide.

Thank you.

For More Information:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3441131/BBC-forced-make-minute-changes-controversial-suicide-documentary-drop-death-scene-pressure-Samaritans.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b070jm26/how-to-die-simons-choice

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/12151132/BBC-makes-last-minute-changes-to-assisted-suicide-documentary-after-Samaritans-complaint.html

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Address the issue of balance: Create and Air a programme about someone who is terminally ill but Opposes assisted suicide

Dear Mr. Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC

On the 10th February 2016, a documentary entitled “How to Die: Simon’s Choice” was aired on BBC Two.

Whether or not the BBC intended to, this documentary affirms that suicide is, or at least should be, societally acceptable for the terminally ill. This is grossly offensive and unfair to persons who are terminally ill and are suffering from debilitating conditions like Mr. Binner, but unlike Mr. Binner, do not wish to end their lives.

I ask that you prove the programme was not made with the bias it appeared to have...that you air the opposing view – specifically, that you air a documentary of similar length about someone who is terminally ill, loves life but does not wish to die and deeply opposes assisted suicide.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

BBC Bias in Favour of Assisted Suicide Must End

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