BBC condemned for broadcasting KKK leader interview


Young anti-racist activists have attacked BBC Radio Ulster for broadcasting an interview with the leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

This morning’s interview with KKK leader Frank Ancona broadcast on Good Morning Ulster follows two KKK flags being erected in Belfast this week amid ongoing racist attacks in Belfast.

Seán Burns from Youth against Racism criticised “the decision by producers at BBC Radio Ulster to give a platform for a fascist organisation responsible for the murders of innocent black people in the US is irresponsible in the extreme given the spate of racist attacks in recent months. Fascist organisations like the KKK should not be given such a platform to spread their racist agenda. In the interview Mr. Ancona made disgusting comments about immigrants, ethnic minorities and went so far as to say that people should have the right to request doctors based on the colour of their skin. “

Mr. Burns stated “fascists and far right groups use media platforms to appeal to a tiny minority of racist thugs to help them organise and carry out their attacks. The far right have no answers for ordinary people suffering from mass unemployment, the housing crisis or low wages. Only a united movement of ordinary people can address the social problems facing working class communities. Racism only serves to divide ordinary people and most combated wherever it raises its ugly head.”