|Google News are publishing BNP propaganda. You'd think after the National Vanguard fiasco they would've learned their lesson.|
Anti-fascist organisations have attacked Google for including material produced by the far-right British National Party (BNP) on its online news service. BNP content dealing with race issues was today being presented on the Google News site alongside reports from organisations such as the BBC and Reuters, the international news agency.
The criticism comes as Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, and fellow party activist Mark Collett, appear in Leeds Crown Court on race-hate charges after an undercover BBC documentary infiltrated the party.
Sabby Dhalu, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism (UAF), the anti-racist coalition, said: "The BNP is an openly racist organisation. Through Google using the BNP as a supposedly legitimate news source it legitimises the party. It should not be treated as a legitimate organisation in this way."
The Google News site, which Google makes available as a beta – or test – site, gathers together thousands of news sources that can be searched for keywords. Today, when "Mary-Ann Leneghan", the name of the Reading schoolgirl who was murdered in May was entered, a story written by a BNP "correspondent" on the current murder trial was shown at the top of the list of stories on the case.
The article, which is posted on a BNP site, accuses the BBC of bias in its reporting of the case. It sits alongside but outranks stories from the BBC, Reuters, The Times and The Daily Telegraph on the same trial.
The BNP has consistently drawn criticism from across the UK’s political mainstream. Last year, the Standards Board for England ruled it could be described as a "Nazi" organisation. The ruling followed a complaint to the local government watchdog from the BNP against a Liberal Democrat councillor who told a public meeting: "Nazis are not welcome in our town."