The BBC have issued a response to viewer feedback over a controversial interview that they held with world No 1 male tennis participant Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic missed the Australian Open final month after he was unable to offer enough proof to be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine. The Australian authorities subsequently deported him.
It stays to be seen whether or not Djokovic might be allowed to play in different majors all year long. Nevertheless, within the interview with Amol Rajan, he did point out that “that’s the worth I’m keen to pay” when requested if he’s ready to probably miss upcoming main occasions as a result of his vaccine stance.
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Within the interview, Djokovic additionally informed the BBC: “I used to be by no means in opposition to vaccination, however I’ve all the time supported the liberty to decide on what you place in your physique.”
On account of the interview the BBC have come underneath assault with some accusing them of offering Djokovic with a platform upon which to share his anti-vaccine views.
The BBC have since responded to the criticism.
“The BBC’s unique interview is the primary time Novak Djokovic has spoken about his place himself, and our information editors judged that the interview was of real significance and was of curiosity to our viewers, notably in mild of what unfolded within the build-up of the Australian Open in January,” the general public broadcaster stated in a press release.
“We respect that not everybody will agree with our selection of story working orders, however we think about that this has been a giant ongoing information story which additionally encompasses key points equivalent to necessary vaccination and worldwide journey restrictions.”
Their assertion went on so as to add: “There are nonetheless many individuals who select to not be vaccinated and we expect you will need to hear from all sides of the dialogue.
“Nevertheless the BBC has all the time made clear the scientific and medical consensus on vaccination and its effectiveness, and we have now accomplished so all through our protection of this story.”