09 Jan 2004
The Muslim Council of Britain welcomes the BBC’s decision to suspend broadcasts of the Kilroy programme on BBC1 with immediate effect while it investigates Robert Kilroy-Silk’s ill informed and inflammatory comments in last week’s edition of the Sunday Express.
“Britain’s Muslim and Arab communities, indeed all right-thinking people in this country, will be relieved to see that the BBC is treating this matter in a prompt and serious way. Kilroy-Silk brought the BBC into disrepute with his gratuitous and racist anti-Arab rant in the Sunday Express. Kilroy’s evident delight in inciting hatred against Arabs and Muslims meant that British Muslim and Arab communities were feeling increasingly uncomfortable participating in his chat shows. We hope that the Sunday Express will also now follow suit and scrap Kilroy’s weekly column which has regrettably become a platform for furthering bigotry and Islamophobia,” said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.[Ends]
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