BBC Chief: We Are Over-Cautious In Reporting On Islam Out Of Fear Of Offending Muslims
When the head of the BBC says this, you know you've got a real problem. "BBC chief Mark Thompson warns of 'over-cautious' Islam coverage," by Dan Sabbagh in the Times (thanks to all who sent this in):
Mark Thompson, the Director General of the BBC, tonight warned
broadcasters against becoming overly-cautious in their reporting on Islam for
fear of causing offence to Muslims.
Speaking at Westminster Cathedral Mr
Thompson, a practising Catholic, said there was “a growing nervousness about
discussion about Islam and its relationship to the traditions and values of
British and Western society as a whole”.
He said that the BBC and other major channels “have a special
responsibility” to ensure that debates about “faith and society” and about any
religion “should not be foreclosed or censored”.
In an effort to demonstrate
that his remarks were not targeted solely at ensuring that Islam received
journalistic scrutiny, Mr Thompson also referring to his decision to broadcast
Jerry Springer, The Opera despite an avalanche of complaints from Christians
unhappy at the depiction of Jesus in the satire.
“There is no point having a BBC which isn’t prepared to stand up
and be counted; which will do everything it can to mitigate potential religious
offence; but which will always be forthright in the defence of freedom of speech
and of impartiality,” he said....