July 29, 2012
Norwegians need to be prepared to the fact that Breivik will be coming out from prison and will join the society again: that is what Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told the NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) journalists. He added: “We do not have lifetime sentence in Norway”.
Be it that Breivik is sentenced to prison or psychiatric care he will eventually be released – even if he an old man. Lippestad has spend much time on understanding why Breivik categorizes people in various broad categories instead of viewing and judging people in accordance to their individual merit. Lippestad explains: “What has been interesting to observe is that people with such a totalitarian and one-dimensional worldview (i.e. Breivik) quickly adjust their opinions when they meet or see a person who does not fit their categorization. Women and Muslims he (Breivik) had met and who deviate from his categories are always an exception”.
11 February 2011
A radical preacher banned from entering the country may now lose the platform to broadcast messages of hate to British television screens. Zakir Naik – who has claimed that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” – was banned from coming to Britain last June by Theresa May in one of her first major acts as Home Secretary. But eight months on, the 45-year-old cleric is still a key figure in a company that holds an Ofcom-approved licence for Peace TV.
Now, the broadcasting watchdog has confirmed it is investigating the satellite channel, broadcast in English and Urdu, after receiving a complaint from a viewer over its extremist messages. Programmes on Peace TV have included praise for “mujahideen” fighting British troops in Iraq, labelled Jews as an “enemy of Islam” and made claims about the 9/11 terror attacks being an “inside job”.
August 13 2010
Muslim broadcasting corporation OUMA Broadcasting Corporation Universal Muslim Association has had its license revoked by the Dutch Media Authority. The license loss comes as a result of conflict between the two parties comprising the new broadcasting company over the appointment of an interim director: TSMON Foundation Muslim Broadcasting Corporation Netherlands and the OUMA foundation, which was formed by the organisation Academica Islamica. OUMA was to start its broadcasts on radio and television on September 1 2010.
Disagreement regarding the appointment of an interim director may lead to the breakup of the Netherlands’ newest Muslim broadcasting company. According to
Dutch broadcasting regulations, religious groups are entitled to airtime every week on national public radio and television channels. As there is just one broadcasting license per religion, broadcasting requires close cooperation between several groups whose views do not always agree. OUMA was created after the downfall of previous Islamic broadcasting organizations and was awarded a five year broadcasting license last year. It encompasses rival factions SMON, which champions the continued leadership of Maurice Koopman from the previous company, and Acadmica Islamica, which claims an agreement not to appoint people involved in the previous broadcasting organization bars Koopman from eligibility. The new OUMA combination will begin broadcasting in September.
The Dutch Media Authority announced that the Dutch Muslim Broadcasting Foundation (SMON) has received the new broadcasting permit for Islam and may begin broadcasting in September 2010.
The decision follows several months of conflict among Islamic broadcasters in the Netherlands, who operate during the percentage of time set aside for religious groups in Dutch media. Internal divisions between previous broadcasters NMO and NIO led to their dissolution.
The Dutch Media Authority has been reviewing applications for the replacement since October 2009, choosing SMON over the Muslim Broadcasting Foundation (SMO) and Joint Muslim Broadcasting Foundation (VMO)
One of the organizations hoping to broadcast on Dutch radio and television during programming devoted to Islam recognizes the Ahmadiyya sect as a major current in Islam.
The Ahmadiyya sect, popular among many Dutch of Surinamese origin in the Netherlands, is not recognised as Islamic by the main institutions of orthodox Islam.
SMO, one of five broadcasters who applied for the Islamic airtime, expresses in an email leaked this week its willingness to share its hoped-for broadcasting licence with another company, provided that it too recognises Ahmadiyya.
Two Muslim broadcasting organizations will cease operation this year. The Dutch Muslim Broadcaster (NMO) and the Dutch Islamic Broadcasting (NIO) companies have not requested a renewal of their public broadcasting license for the next five-year period.
The two broadcasters decided not to renew their licenses following multiple conflicts within Islamic Broadcasting Foundation Care, the umbrella organization set up specifically to mediate between them, Abderrahman Farsi from NMO told Radio Netherlands. The broadcasters will stop operation in August 2010.
Dutch public broadcasting is organized on the principle of representation, with broadcasting associations being allotted airtime on public channels commensurate with their membership. Each broadcasting company represents a significant section of society. The Islamic broadcasters operate during a small percentage of airtime set aside for associations representing religious groups.
The Dutch media authority has received requests by five other Islamic organizations who want to take the place of NMO and NIO, including Muslim Broadcasting Foundation (Stichting Moslimomroep), Stichting Moslim Omroep Nederland, Stichting Academica Islamica/OUMA, Nederlandse Islamitische Media and Stichting Samenwerkende Islamitische Koepel.
The third season of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) Little Mosque on the Prairie has begun, picking up the storyline from the end of the second season as to whether the character of Rayann will accept or reject a marriage proposal. This National Post reviewer, Robert Cushman, is critical of the program and its comedy of “culture clash,” which while seeking to create humor leaves in its wake “generic storylines in which the women just happen to have their heads covered.” He adds that this version of the challenges of Muslims in small town Canada is not very inventive. Assimilation, Cushman concludes, is almost the opposite of funny.
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The Canadian Broadcasting Company’s sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie will begin airing in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland later this year. Netherlands Public Broadcasting has acquired the first two seasons of the program, which will either be dubbed or subtitled, and the first two seasons are also set to air in Belgium with French subtitles. The Swiss broadcaster Schweizer Fernsehen will broadcast the show with German subtitles. “The demand for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ from the European broadcasting community has been incredible… “We continue to receive numerous serious inquiries from top broadcasters throughout Europe who are interested in acquiring the show in various formats” said executive producer Mary Darling.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah accused Britain of failing to act on intelligence that might have prevented the 2005 London transit bombings, touching off debate about the kingdom’s response to terror at the start the first state visit by a Saudi king in two decades. Facing criticism for his support for Islamic extremists, Abdullah prefaced the visit by saying Britain and other countries were not doing enough to fight terrorism. The remarks were made in a rare interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.