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The BBC vs Gary Lineker: An own goal?

By: The Listening Post

A debacle involving sports presenter Gary Lineker sparks a furious debate over freedom of expression and impartiality at the BBC. And what can AI mean for the media?

The BBC’s suspension of celebrity footballer turned announcer Gary Lineker over a tweet comparing the UK’s new immigration law to 1930s Nazi Germany exposes double standards in British journalism and politics .

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