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Embarrassing BBC gaff
Catholic Brotherhood confused with KKK
The British Broadcasting Corporation recently made a serious mistake in a documentary about hackers exposing supporters of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan that angered many Spaniards and catholic worshippers.


Religious festivities in La Laguna could easily have been confused by the BBC as well
Religious festivities in La Laguna could easily have been confused by the BBC as well

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19.11.2015 - The BBC used a picture of members from a well known religious organisation in Seville known as the San Gonzalo brotherhood who parade in front of thousands of people every Easter in long-length white robes and pointed hoods with slits around the eyes – similar to the associated dress of the KKK.  However, they are two entirely different organisations, as pointed out in an angry statement by the brotherhood: “We have informed the BBC about this ridiculous mistake so they can make a public rectification,” and went on to accuse the broadcaster of “gross ignorance”.

Scores of Spanish radio and TV stations named and shamed the broadcaster alongside pictures of the error, and many complaints were made across social media platforms.  After several days the images were taken down from BBC websites and news feeds and replaced with correct images of the Ku Klux Klan.

On the brotherhood’s own website, members regretted this journalistic gaffe, demanded a retraction and called for prayer.  One of the group’s most famous penitents is actor Antonio Banderas, who gave former UK prime minister Tony Blair a personal guide to Malaga’s famous Easter procession last year.

For the renowned BBC the incident is highly embarrassing and key information in such a documentary should have been better researched.



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Religious festivities in La Laguna could easily have been confused by the BBC as well 
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