At the Scottish Bafta awards, multiple actors who took the stage to call for a ceasefire were edited out by the BBC, sparking criticism from audiences. An exclusive piece written by The National reveals that the media giant edited out the producers of ‘A Long Winter’ who won the award for Best Short Film And Animation. In their speech, Eilidh Munro and Finlay Pretsell urged audiences to pressure institutions and governments to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
The speech was shared widely on the livestream produced by BAFTA Scotland, but removed from BBC iPlayer’s edit.
The producers of A Long Winter have urged filmmakers to use their voice to "pressure institutions and government" to call for a ceasefire in Gaza at the Scottish Bafta Awards pic.twitter.com/TRootNEjU6— The National (@ScotNational) November 19, 2023
Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry was also censored in the BBC coverage. Before announcing the nominees for the Best Actress category, he said: “Before I start, I just want to echo the sentiments earlier in saying my heart goes out all women, men and children who are suffering right now in Gaza. Let’s hope and pray that we see peace in the region and an imminent ceasefire.”
Amir El-Masry, an Egyptian rising c-list actor voiced his support for palestine live on the stage of his first BAFTA Scotland awards ceremony and yall are still making excuses for western A listers https://t.co/tUJzO3Fnnb— zay #CeasefireNOW (@zayoncerry) November 21, 2023
Speaking to The National, Munro revealed he was deeply concerned at how mainstream media censored peaceful protests in this manner
“It is deeply concerning that the BBC decided to cut the entire segment of our award acceptance speech from their coverage of the Bafta Scotland Awards.
“October was the deadliest month for Palestinian journalists and filmmakers in the last 30 years and the scale of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region is horrific.
“Awards ceremonies have always been a platform to express solidarity and humanity, and we wanted to use this opportunity as filmmakers to call for peace. For the BBC to cut this, as well as actor Amir El-Masry’s appeal to a ceasefire, is simply shocking.
“It is also somewhat surreal that an event which celebrates artists and filmmakers for using their voices and creating work to speak out against injustice can also be censored.
“In my opinion, the BBC’s editorial decision to omit these peaceful signs of solidarity is neither neutral nor impartial.
“As an emerging director creating and celebrating independent documentaries, it’s also disappointing to have this platform taken away from a sector that is already largely underrepresented in mainstream media.”
The censorship of pro-Palestinian voices by the BBC has caused outrage on social media.
Literally all fig leaves have fallen off. The West — its media, entertainment, journalism, politics, 'human rights' activists, 'feminists' — all stand exposed for what they really are. https://t.co/LHuQj1VrXT— Zebunnisa Burki (@zburki) November 22, 2023
Don’t recall expressions of solitary with Ukraine being treated this way https://t.co/uJoCw1UOKU— Euan Yours (@EuanYours) November 21, 2023
this, susan sarandon being dropped from her agency, and melissa barrera being fired from scream 7 within hours of each other. they are losing the public perception and scrambling. they even had to call james maslow to try and fix this (he wont. no one cares abt him) https://t.co/pIhvCmsBuD— ليلى (@slayyawz) November 21, 2023