BBC criticised for ‘misleading’ claim UN report had warned against trans rights reform
The BBC has been criticised for publishing a “misleading” article on Scottish gender reform that initially framed one anti-trans letter as a “report” from the United Nations (UN).
The article, which was published on Wednesday (23 November), initially ran with the headline: “UN report warns men could ‘abuse’ Scottish gender reforms”.
In actuality, the piece didn’t rely on a report but a letter to the UK government from a “special rapporteur”.
The headline was later changed to: “UN expert warns men could ‘abuse’ Scottish gender reforms.”
The letter was written by Reem Alsalem, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls.
The letter claimed reform to Scottish gender recognition law would “potentially open the door for violent males who identify as men to abuse