BBC apologises to UK Muslim Council over TV debate BBC

The BBC has offered to apologise to the Muslim Council of Britain after airing claims the organisation encouraged the killing of British troops. The comments were made by the former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore on Question Time on 12 March. Moore spoke about the Islamic protests which disrupted a UK soldiers’ homecoming parade in March. Moore said the Muslim Council of Britain had been reluctant to condemn the killing and kidnapping of Britain soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and claimed the organisation thought such activities were “a good thing”.

The Muslim Council of Britain strongly criticised the remarks and demanded an apology. “These kinds of statements are very damaging, and we received many complaints from our Muslim supporters,” the group’s secretary general Muhammad Abdul Bari said. No final settlement has been reached but the BBC has accepted that the comments were unfair.

Muslim chief warns of Nazi climate of fear in the UK

The head of a major body representing British Muslims in an interview yesterday. The UK must be careful how it tackles terrorism and treats Islamic culture if it is to avoid recreating a society reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain has warned. Muhammad Abdul Bari, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, criticised the Government for fuelling tensions in the Muslim community rather than dissipating them. He said the country must beware of fostering a culture like Nazi Germany and warned of suspicion and unease about Muslims.