Scottish referendum: Media caught in crossfire as D-day nears

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Sep 16, 2014 01:35 IST

The pro-independence campaign has accused the BBC of becoming the ‘British Biased Corporation’ for allegedly favouring the ‘No’ campaign that wants Scotland to remain the United Kingdom, a charge that spilled over to journalist groups and others.

Nearly 1,000 ‘Yes’ supporters converged on BBC’s Scotland office, carrying placards against the political editor, Nick Robinson, asking that he be sacked for allegedly heckling their leader, Alex Salmond, during an interaction last week. Expressing its concern at the “increase in intimidation and bullying of journalists covering the independence referendum”, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday called for people on both sides of the campaign to rein in the abuse being directed at its members.

Meanwhile, campaigning for the last time before the referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron appealed on Monday to the ‘head and heart’ of the Scots to ensure a ‘No’ vote. Cameron was expected in Aberdeen — the hub of Britain’s North Sea offshore oil and gas industry, almost all of which would come under Scottish control in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote. ‘Yes’ leader Salmond pointed out that several business leaders were in favour of independence. Queen Elizabeth’s remark on Sunday that Scottish voters should "think very carefully about the future" before casting their votes was interpreted as favouring their respective sides by both the camps.
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