UK Office of Communications Denies Complaints Against TV Documentary on Extremism in Mosques
by Stephen Schwartz
The Center for Islamic Pluralism notes with satisfaction that the British media monitoring body Ofcom has denied complaints against UK TV Channel 4 regarding its excellent documentary on extremist preaching in the British Muslim community, Undercover Mosque.
An apparent campaign of coordinated objections to the documentary included legal charges filed by Saudi government and diplomatic representatives as well as by a mosque well-known for radical preaching.
CIP International Director Irfan Al-Alawi participated in the documentary as a representative of pluralist Islam as embodied in the Ahl as-Sunnah wa'al Jama'at.
The exoneration of Channel 4 and repudiation of Saudi and other radical legal blandishments is a victory for moderate Muslims everywhere, as well as for Western institutions.
We note that members and associates of CIP working as journalists in the U.S., Iraq, and foreign-occupied Bosnia-Hercegovina and Kosovo have opposed the UK model of governmental media oversight, preferring the U.S. principle of First Amendment protection of journalists, plus effective libel law.
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz