Britain: Tuned Out

BBC cancels a documentary

The first sign that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was readying for a confrontation with journalists came during a speech to the American Bar Association meeting last month in London. Speaking before the gathering of U.S. lawyers, Thatcher said that the media should refrain from giving terrorists publicity. Last week her government pressured the independent British Broadcasting Corp. into canceling a televised documentary on Northern Ireland because it featured an interview with a politician who is allegedly a leader of the Irish Republican Army.

The 45-minute film, titled At the Edge of the Union, is an attempt to depict the divisions...

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