In a hilarious mix-up, the BBC committed a broadcasting blunder throwing the Indian farmers’ protests and Italian government deadlock into one bag. Even the best of us aren prone to occasional slip-ups, it seems.
The British broadcaster failed to replace the news spiegel, but the public enjoyed the laughs. BBC shared visuals of the Indian farmers’ protest against new farm laws at the Red Fort on Indian Republic Day, but the spiegel dubbed the ordeal ‘Italian government crisis’.
An Indian journalist, Ramesh Ramachandran was the first to catch the mistake and shared a screenshot via Twitter.
“The #FarmersProtest caught the BBC off guard!”
— Ramesh Ramachandran (@RRRameshRRR) January 26, 2021
While Indian farmers rode into the capital New Delhi on tractors with flags raised to protest against new farms laws on Indian Republic Day, the Italian government crisis is an entirely different ordeal.
The Italian government crisis refers to tensions surrounding Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s intention to resign.
No harm done, as people got to laugh a little.
bbc = internet explorer
new vs old govt 😂😂
— Somnath chakraborty ⚽ 🇧🇷 (@somnath20094585) January 26, 2021
Looks like BBC got confused about the current Government from some previous one.
— SSunplugged (@sst4344) January 26, 2021
Meanwhile, social media has been buzzing with support for farmers protesting against new agricultural laws in India. The new laws remove the government’s role in enforcing a minimal price point for farm produce.
Additionally, the law requires that the farmers trade directly with traders and big businesses. The lack of government mediation does not ensure farmers get their fair share.
150 million landowning farmers remain adamant that the laws must be repealed. Even International criticism is piling up over how the Modi government is handling the protests with insensitivity and nonchalance.
— Harpreet (@preetk12_sandhu) December 3, 2020
Even the food eating by peacock is also grown by farmers
If you work a day without food then you know the value of food which is grown by farmers .
— ਹਰਮਨਦੀਪ Harmandeep (@Harman_malla) December 23, 2020
A German news channel compared Modi to Hitler by showing him as Hitler’s son. The headline, accompanying the image, literally translates into “More and more dead in India.”@i_am_ravish @ndtvindia @BBCBreaking @ntvGermany
— 𝓣𝓪𝓶𝓪𝓷𝓹𝓻𝓮𝓮𝓽 𝓚𝓪𝓾𝓻 🌸💫 (@Taman_Rupal) December 26, 2020
On the other end of the world, Italy is demanding that their Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resign over how badly he handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, Giuseppe Conte survived a vote of confidence in the lower house of the Italian parliament, the Chamber of Deputies. He then subsequently won a Senate vote maintaining a deadlock on his resignation.
Without an absolute majority, a political shake-up is anticipated in the Southern European state.