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The communications watchdog, Ofcom, has made a series of rulings against channels which allowed “inflammatory” material to be broadcast in breach of rules which forbid extreme opinions gaining a platform on British television.
The cases, disclosed today, include examples of an imam telling viewers that those who disrespect the prophet Mohammed should be killed, and another broadcaster saying homosexuals should be beaten and tortured.
The stations were found to have committed serious breaches of the broadcasting code by allowing the extreme opinions to be aired unchallenged.
Last night experts warned that the extent and seriousness of the broadcasting breaches raises questions over whether extreme Muslim speakers who were previously confined to small audiences in mosques are able to reach thousands more people by broadcasting intolerant teachings on television.
Although the channels have tiny audiences compared to the mainstream, they are targeted at Muslim communities, including people of Pakistani background, with some of the content being broadcast in Urdu and other languages.
The cases identified by Ofcom include:
* An Islamic scholar who told viewers: “It is your duty … to kill those who insult Prophet Mohammed.”
* A preacher banned from coming to Britain who used the channel – which he co-owns – to say anyone who left Islam should be put to death.
* A phone-in presenter who advocated “eliminating” anyone who disrespected Mohammed.
In some cases the channels had also breached a rule which states that they must keep recordings of all their output, raising the possibility that other inflammatory material has been broadcast but cannot be traced.
With the exception of one radio broadcaster, the channels ruled against by Ofcom are broadcast on the satellite provider Sky. It has no legal responsibility for what is broadcast on the channels it carries. It is up to the stations themselves to make sure they meet Ofcom’s standards and they can be fined or taken off the air if they do not.
The disclosure of the rulings by the broadcasting regulator comes despite a report in 2010 which warned that extremist material was being broadcast.
Tala Rajab, the researcher who wrote the report for Quilliam, the anti-extremist think-tank, said the fresh findings by Ofcom raised serious questions over the regulation of broadcast material.
“Some of these recent incidents have been quite shocking,” he said.
“If this had happened in a mosque the police would be right in pursuing a criminal investigation. But because they are being broadcast on television channels for some reason there seems to be little appetite for looking into these extreme messages.
“If these kind of comments were made against black people, for example, you can imagine a channel being shut down overnight, particularly if they had incited violence against a minority.”
The 2010 report found that the Islam Channel, Britain’s largest Islamic broadcaster, had continued to ignore Ofcom rules about impartiality and allowed controversial viewpoints to be aired despite a fine and other sanctions being imposed. It is not among the subjects of the five Ofcom rulings disclosed today.
In December a Leeds radio station, Radio Asian Fever, was fined £4,000 for breaching broadcasting rules in programmes involving a presenter called “Sister Ruby Ramadan”.
She told listeners that homosexuals should be beaten and tortured.
“If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture,” said the presenter.
Jabbar Karim, the station’s managing director, said: “We are very embarrassed. This was a one-off incident which will never be repeated.”
Takbeer TV, based in Nottingham, has been found in breach of the code twice in 18 months for programmes which denigrated the minority Ahmadi Muslim sect. Founded in the 19th century its followers are considered by some mainstream Muslims to be misguided or even heretical.
Contributors to the most recent programmes investigated by Ofcom said Ahmadis had a “disease” and “monstrous” intentions.
Ofcom said Takbeer TV had subjected the sect’s followers to “abusive treatment” and that they would now consider an appropriate sanction such as a fine.
An Ofcom spokesman said: “The majority of Islamic channels comply with our rules. However, where we identify issues through our monitoring or complaints we investigate fully and take firm enforcement action.”
He said it was Ofcom’s duty to regulate licence holders rather than the responsibility of carriers such as Sky. However, carriers are free to decide which channels they offer, he added.
A Sky spokesman said: “Sky operates an open and regulated platform. This means any broadcaster with an appropriate Ofcom licence is free to seek distribution over the satellite platform.”
There are 14 Muslim TV free-to-air channels in Britain but their audiences are not measured by BARB, the source of viewing figures.
Takbeer TV failed to respond when asked to comment.
for years people of colour including myself have been outraged at hollywoods racist whitewashing of POC characters in thier movie adaptations of comics, novels, cartoons and the whitewashing of book covers placing pictures of white models where the story’s main protagonist are non-whites. me and other POCs are being told that we are too P.C, sensitive, accused of racebating, it’s abusiness they are catering to thier white audience that cant handle a non-white protagonists, etc. I initially ignored this non-news story but since racist hollywood is getting out of control i decided to address this white crying over the blonding of Ann.
to those who are upset I DON’T GIVE A SHIT about your favourite character being blondewashed why?
None of you were outraged at these hollywood and hollywood inspired racist incidents which include:
Hunger games move watches celebrate the killing of black kids in the hunger games on twitter.
Movie audiences openly advocate the killing and murdering of East Asians on Twitter after they watch the remake of Red Dawn.
spoiled rich college kids(they may be 18 and over but they act like kids) having racist theme parties on college campuses and committing racist acts and hate crimes against POC students while the racist authorities on these same campuses look the other way.
Racist coward Joanna Angel dressing up her friend in yellowface but too chickenshit to get a white woman dress up in blackface, like anti-asian bullies she is not afraid of the consequences.
The whitewashing of Nora in the movie adaption of “Warm Bodies”, In the original book, Nora has an Ethiopian Father and a White mother They choose a white blonde actressto portray Nora. Johnny Depp dressing up in Indianface acting as “Tonto” in the remake of ” TheLone Ranger”. Tonto is described as a native American in the original 1930s-1950s radio and tv show. in the tv show adaptation Tonto was played by a Canadian Mohawk(first nations) actor.
The white washing of Nina Simone in an upcoming movie where light skinned latina Zoe Saldana was picked to portray a dark skinned black jazz musician Nina Simone they even Dress up Zoe in prosthetics (despite popular belief blackface is still here) . I could go on and on and list other similar racist incidents where the fans of Ann of Green Gable are silent, and or condone them but get butt hurt when Ann of Green Gables is portrayed by a sexy blonde model.
if you are are a redhead don’t join these hypocrites I would not be surprised if many of them enjoy attacking, harassing and bullying redheads in thier so called “national kick a ginger days”. recent news reports show they are targets of bullies. just doa google search on redheads targets of bullying, redheads and bullying, etc
No, Canada’s most loveable freckled redhead has not dyed her hair, got a boob job and moved to the Jersey Shore. It just looks that way on Amazon.com, where an enterprising but misguided new publisher has enraged readers with a $13.49 set of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novels adorned with a cover image of a bleached-blond farm girl signalling “come hither” on a haystack.
“Anne has red hair. RED HAIR,” complained one online reviewer. “It’s a key part of her character and is a strong influence on her words and actions. Secondly, Anne is 10 at the start of the series. What is up with the bedroom eyes?”
“This is nuts, offensive even,” wrote another, identifying herself as “once a little red headed girl myself.”
“I love these three books to death,” she added, “but I will never buy copies of this edition for anyone. For shame!”
The blond Anne melodrama spotlights an obscure but active niche in the thriving, try-anything world of digitally enabled self-publishing, also known as indie publishing.
Using digital copies of public-domain texts that are available free from many sources – the Montgomery copyrights expired in 1993 – the indie publishers slap on new covers, with images often obtained from cheap stock-photo sources, and offer them for sale through any one of the popular self-publishing services that are now fully integrated into the massive Amazon sales list.
The key to the process is that no books are printed – or real money invested – until an order is received. When and if they appear, orders are fulfilled by third parties using “print-on-demand” technology that can produce instant books one at a time.
The new Anne set was published using Amazon’s own CreateSpace self-publishing platform. Neither company responded to inquiries about the new edition. The identity of the publisher is unknown.
Three years ago, CreateSpace signed agreements with both the U.S. Library of Congress and the British Library to make more than 100,000 of their public-domain titles available using the same technology. But entrepreneurs have found a new angle.
Among other sexed-up covers now available online is an edition of Wuthering Heights published by lulu.com showing two naked lovers in profile on its cover.
“There’s nothing wrong with a makeover, even for literary greats, so long as the finished product is true to the spirit of the work, said lulu spokeswoman Sarah Gilbert. “For most novelists, past or present, the goal has been a wide audience.”
For living writers, CreateSpace and its kin offer an easy way to get older books back in print, according to self-publishing expert Doug Heatherly. But the practice of reselling public-demand titles “is mostly drying up now,” he said, as sources of free content become more widely available.
This is not the first-time Canada’s iconic redhead has been subject to a copyright struggle. The company that produced the Anne of Green Gablesfilms in the 1990s underwent a long struggle with the heirs of Ms. Montgomery, who claimed a “reversionary copyright interest” in all things Anne.
In the end, the heirs and the government of Prince Edward Island incorporated an entity called The Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc. to manage their claim to the commercial use of the character’s image and milieu.
Even so, many of Montgomery’s books, including Anne of Green Gables, are available as free downloads from sites such as Project Gutenberg.
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