Reporting Scotland’s Shame

THIS morning we flagged up a story for Reporting Scotland, BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme that celebrates 50 years on our screens this weekend.

Recently Reporting Scotland has been provided heavyweight coverage to the anti-Muslim comments made by a local councillor in Ayrshire to two transport officials from the Transport Department. These comments were reported back by the civil servants to the Government minister Humza Yousaf and this became the main story on Reporting Scotland.

The BBC Scotland news show took it further, they dug up a follow up story and the brother of a girl who claimed that she was also subject to racist comments from the councillor appeared in their Glasgow studio last week. The Labour councillor denied the new claims.

Then the story moved on to a hate message from England that proposed that a punish Muslims day should be staged. This disgraceful racism, now for the first time with violent undertones, was rightly condemned last night.

Two Muslim girls were on the show, saying that they wanted to spread a positive message of love but admitting that the messages form down south were scary.

Nothing wrong in anything Reporting Scotland has done in any of the above, we are sure you will agree.

However we challenged them to cover a BIGGER story that actually happened in SCOTLAND and most definitely was RACIST with a specific threat of VIOLENCE towards a section of the community.

The story came to light because to was mentioned by a SCOTTISH POLITICIAN and a GOVERNMENT MINISTER confirmed that it had been reported to POLICE SCOTLAND.

Here is the story we ran this morning where you will see all the nasty, bigoted, racist details.

If you are part of the community that is threatened by this vile message then please note that Reporting Scotland choose to IGNORE the story.

Scotland’s Shame….

REPORTING SCOTLAND last night had a worrying report about a rise in anti-Muslim racism after it emerged that online trolls down south were posting material urging fellow racists to ‘punish a Muslim’.

This was not directly linked to Scotland in any way other that the viral effect of social media meant that it had caused fear and alarm in the Muslim community and rightly politicians were lining up to condemn these racists, who seem to have become emboldened in recent times.

BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme, which is currently celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary will therefore be very interested in covering a follow up story which this time is much closer to home.

Scottish politicians have been receiving this vile message, announcing SMASH A F*nian Day for 1 May 2018.

The SNP Scottish Parliament  member took to social media to expose these racist bigots.

“So I’ve just been emailed this. Any others of my colleagues received it? Don’t worry about it, it’s just stupid Wee keyboard warriors who are always tougher from the safety of their bedrooms. Nothing is going to happen. Trust me.”

Fellow MSP, the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf also spoke out about the shock email, saying that it was  “Shocking. Vile stuff. All it takes is one person to act upon this and folk will get hurt. Pleased James Dornan has reported to the Police.”

 The transport minister has been in the news recently after himself being the subject of racist remarks from an Ayrshire local councillor.  This story, understandably,  has been given widespread coverage in Reporting Scotland.
The remarks from the labour councillor were clearly wrong and had racist undertones in them and we condemn them completely.
However there was no threat of violence. Smash a F*nian Day is something on a completely different level.
This is happening right here, right now in Scotland in 2018. How will Reporting Scotland, with all of its 50 years experience on covering the news in Scotland, handle this story this today?
We will be watching.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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