Thursday, 15 May 2008

BBC: Police apologise over mosque show allegations

West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have apologised for accusing the makers of a Channel 4 documentary of distortion.

The apology and the promise of £100,000 were made at the High Court on Thursday.

It follows comments made about a Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque, which tackled claims of Islamic extremism in the West Midlands.

The police statement said the force was wrong to make the allegations.

A press release issued by the police and the CPS in August 2007 claimed the Dispatches programme, broadcast in January of that year, misrepresented the views of Muslim preachers and clerics with misleading editing.

[...] One preacher was shown saying a homosexual should be thrown off a mountain, another that women were born deficient.

Footage from the Channel 4 programme

Police also reported Channel 4 to television watchdog Ofcom for "heavily editing" the words of Islamic imams. Read more
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