Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ofcom suspends Iman FM radio station for broadcasting 25 hours of lectures by Al-Qaeda leader including antisemitic hatred per Campaign Against Antisemitism

' The broadcasting regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), has suspended Sheffield radio station, Iman FM, for broadcasting antisemitic and hate-filled speeches by Anwar Al-Awlaki, the "widely known terrorist leader and Al Qaeda recruiter."

In one speech broadcast by Iman FM, Al-Awlaki said that "Our problem is not with [Jews'] ethnicity but their mindset."

According to Ofcom's breach decision posted online: "Overall Ofcom considered the breaches in this case to be extremely serious and has today issued a Notice under section 111B Broadcasting Act 1990 suspending the Licence." According to the suspension notice, Iman FM has 21 days to provide an explanation for the broadcast before the station is shut down.

Iman FM confirmed to Ofcom that they had broadcast 25 hours worth of lectures by Al-Awlaki, claiming that they were "not aware of the background of the preacher and had no knowledge of him being proscribed by the United Nations." They added that "had this fact been known" they would not have broadcast the lectures and accepted the material breached the Broadcasting Code.'

More here but likely not on the BBC.

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