BBC apologises after failing to protect JK Rowling from “baseless” transphobia smears

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Benjamin Jones, a spokesperson for the Free Speech Union told Henley’s comments on BBC were part of a long-term “campaign” to “smear” and “bully” people who do not agree with what he calls the “trans ideology”.
Talking about the recent incident, Mr Jones said: “It’s a completely baseless accusation and it’s part of a long-running pattern we see at the Free Speech Union where people are smeared or bullied if they don’t agree with trans ideology.
“JK Rowling has shown tremendous moral courage in speaking out about these issues. But for people who don’t have wealth the consequences can be devastating: you can lose your job and find you can’t pay the mortgage, just because you don’t agree with the beliefs of trans rights activists.”

Luke Whelan,, 6th February 2023.