Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Unionist Allister hits out at BBC 'uncritical Nelson Mandela coverage'

Angry outburst: Jim Allister

NELSON Mandela "left a trail of victims" and backed a terrorist campaign overseen by the ANC, the leader of the TUV has said.

The former South African president who fought apartheid "had the luxury of living to an old age and dying of natural causes, the victims of the terrorist acts at the hands of the ANC were not given such privilege," Jim Allister said.

As the world mourns South Africa's first black president, Mr Allister has criticised media coverage of the late statesman's death.

"I think the uncritical hysteria following the death is verging on propaganda," he said.

After the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, the ANC switched from passive protest to sabotage, targeting government institutions like power plants.

"I was particularly struck by the uncritical coverage by the BBC, ignoring part of the story which they clearly do not want to be seen," said Mr Allister.

"They've fallen over themselves to see the positivity, with one view, but not highlighting the pursuit and endorsement of terrorism which left a trail of victims."

Posting on his Facebook page on Friday, Mr Allister voiced his concerns by comparing the footage to that of Margaret Thatcher's death.

"When Baroness Thatcher died the BBC fell over itself to show balance; Mandela dies and BBC eschews anything approaching balance. And we've another week of this to go!"

The North Antrim MLA said when Mrs Thatcher died the BBC made space for her critics.

"Yes Mandela was fighting against apartheid but other movements had used peaceful methods. Ghandi fought by exclusively peaceful means using publicity and awareness, whereas Mandela chose to endorse terrorism.

"Mandela lived the luxury of living to an old age and dying of natural causes, the victims of the terrorist acts at the hands of the ANC were not given the chance to have such a privilege."

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