Saturday, January 21, 2012

Three men were convicted yesterday of stirring up hatred against gay people. The news wasn't reported on Newsround, but it did make it to the BBC's national News at Six, though not to the BBC News at Ten:-

News at Six - Friday 20th January 2012

Mishal Husain: In the first prosecution of its kind, three men who handed out leaflets calling for gay people to face the death penalty have been convicted. Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed, were found guilty in a court in Derby of trying to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Chris Buckler reports.

The leaflets - which were entitled "Death Penalty?" - were distributed in July 2010. Perhaps the inspiration for them was the BBC website which, in December 2009, asked the public a similar question: "Should homosexuals face execution?"

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