BBC issued a statement regarding the cancellation of Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) hardtalk show. You can read the statement below.
I am among the many Malaysians who are skeptical regarding this BBC statement. The explanation for the cancellation is plain nonsense and stupid to believe. They can always avoid questioning issues that are currently the subject of a current court case in Malaysia, which raise issues of defamation. They can leave out all the defamatory questions and pursue other hundreds of hot non defamatory issues that are happening now in Malaysia and I am sure RPK is comfortable with that.
My conclusion is still that BBC has not come totally clean regarding the cancellation and my believe is that it was dropped due to political pressure from the Malaysian authorities.
The BBC researches many different stories, it is the normal process of news and current affairs throughout the media that not all make it to air for a variety of editorial reasons.
In this case, it became clear in our research that any comprehensive interview with former Malaysia Today Editor Raja Petra Kamarudin would prominently feature issues that are currently the subject of a current court case in Malaysia, which raise issues of defamation.
The suggestion that the item was dropped due to political pressure is untrue. All BBC programmes adhere to the same strict editorial guidelines which ensure complete editorial independence and impartiality.
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source: Malaysia Today