Anjem Choudary’s BBC appearances ignored in reports on his arrest

The ‘England’ page of the BBC News website published a report titled “Anjem Choudary held in London terror raids” on September 25th  in which Choudary is described as a “radical Islamist preacher”. Given that most readers will naturally associate the use of the word ‘preacher’ with some sort of religious qualification, the accuracy of the BBC’s description is questionable – as Mehdi Hasan noted in 2010:

“Is Choudary an Islamic scholar whose views merit attention or consideration? No. Has he studied under leading Islamic scholars? Nope. Does he have any Islamic qualifications or credentials? None whatsoever.”

The article also included the following analysis from the BBC’s Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani:Choudary arrest

“Anjem Choudary is a deeply controversial Islamic figure, a man who many Muslims despise because they believe he causes enormous damage to their position in British society.

Alongside another now-banned cleric, he once spearheaded al-Muhajiroun, a group that argued that the West is fighting a war against Muslims and Islam.

When the government banned the group, some of its former members founded new organisations, including Islam4UK and Muslims Against Crusades – which were also later banned.

The latter group’s protests against British soldiers returning from Afghanistan, led to counter-protests and the subsequent formation of the English Defence League.

Mr Choudary has always denied allegations that he has either incited or glorified acts of terrorism.”

Despite his promotion of Choudary’s denials, Casciani made no attempt to provide readers with an in-depth view of the actual agenda of Choudary’s various groups or of the nature of his opinions – such as his recent statement of support for ISIS and the practice of crucifixion.

The following day – September 26th – the BBC News website produced an additional report titled “Radical preacher Anjem Choudary released from custody” which once again included multiple descriptions of Choudary as a “preacher” and context-free amplification of his outlandish claims.

“He described his arrest as “politically motivated”, in order to silence him on the eve of the Parliamentary vote on military intervention in Iraq.”

The various reincarnations of Choudary’s extremist group under assorted titles have of course been common knowledge for a long time. Neither his prominent position in groups serially banned by the British government, his promotion of bigoted views nor his connections to the export of European Jihadists to the Middle East has, however, presented a barrier to Choudary’s regular invitations to appear on various BBC programmes.

Curiously, that fact was not reflected in either of the BBC’s reports concerning Choudary’s recent arrest.

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    Meanwhile, self promoting anti-Semitic Jewish senior beeboid cokehead Stephen Fry has just published a book about sniffing his way to stardom in the BBC TV Centre toilets and at Buckingham Palace. This is the same BBC TV Centre where BBC DJ the late Sir Jimmy Savile was concurrently conducting 50 years of paedophile activities, some in his personal caravan parked on the premises:

    “…Fry admits taking cocaine at Palace

    Stephen Fry’s new book reveals details of his drug addiction

    Published: 11:30am, 26th September 2014
    Updated: 7:03am, 27th September 2014 (Google News)

    Stephen Fry has admitted taking cocaine in Buckingham Palace at the height of his drug addiction.

    The comedian, actor and QI host included a long list of venues where he took the drug, including the House of Commons, BBC Television Centre and various private members clubs , in his latest autobiography called More Fool Me.

    Stephen said: “I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame.

    “You may wish to have me struck off, banned, blackballed or in any other way punished for past crimes; surely now is the time to reach for the phone, the police or the club secretary.”

    Stephen, who has written novels as well as several volumes of memoirs, has spoken openly in the past about his struggles with depression and a suicide attempt last year while filming a documentary about homophobia….”

    By the way, here is Stephen’s notorious BBC anti-semitic outburst on youtube:

    The star said he took the drug over 15 years until 2001 and spent “tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds, and as many hours, sniffing, snorting and tooting away time”…”

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