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BBC Challenged Again Over Lily Policy

9 April, 2004


West Tyrone Sinn Féin Assembly member Barry Elduff has again challenged the BBC to state publicly their policy regarding their staff wearing Easter Lilies. Mr McElduff's challenge comes after the BBC refused to comment on demands he made for the wearing of the Easter Lily to be brought into line with the wearing of the poppy.

Mr McElduff said:

"For much of the week since I made my public demand for either equality or neutrality to be the principle guiding the wearing of symbols at the BBC the organisation refused to comment on the issue. They then stated that they had no policy regarding the wearing of the Easter Lily.

"This is in sharp contrast to their policy on the poppy. Presenters are forced to wear the poppy symbol in the lead up to remembrance events in November. Taken alone this position is unacceptable. The BBC is a public body. Either they afford the Easter Lily the same respect as the poppy or they adopt a position of neutrality.

"The current situation of adopting a hierarchy of victims is unacceptable. The Republican war dead have to be afforded the same respect as the British war dead. This is a black and white issue. The BBC can no longer be allowed to sit back and discriminate against the republican community in this fashion. They must state publicly their policy regarding the wearing of the Easter Lily and the rational behind it." ENDS

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