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The BBC is to revise its editorial guidelines after stating that it did not operate a ban on broadcasting depictions of the prophet Mohamed.
During this week’s Question Time, presenter David Dimbleby said it was BBC policy not to depict the prophet.
He read from the BBC’s editorial guidelines a statement: “The prophet Mohamed must not be represented in any shape or form.”
The supposed ban prompted outrage from audience members, following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
However that guidance has now been removed after the BBC said there was no formal ban.
A BBC spokesman said: “This guidance is old, out of date and does not reflect the BBC’s long-standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”
The BBC had shown a brief image of a Charlie Hebdo cover, featuring an illustration of the Prophet, during its news coverage of the attacks.
I'm willing to make a bet that any 'change' will be in outward appearance only, meanwhile the word around the corporation will be 'don't dare show Mohammed in any shape or form'.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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