Undercover Mosque and Underhand Reportage

08 Aug 2007

The Muslim Council of Britain welcomes today’s joint statement from the Crown Prosecution Service and the West Midlands Police about a massively-hyped Channel 4 documentary entitled Undercover Mosque which was broadcast earlier this year.

`Today’s joint statement from the CPS/West midlands Police will justifiably reinforce the distrust with which many Muslims regard sections of our media.┬áIt is of course right that hate speech must be vigorously combated.

Documentary makers have an important responsibility, however, to do their research properly and carefully identify those who are actually inciting hatred. They must take great care to avoid unfairly stigmatising whole institutions and groups of people. It is deeply regrettable that Hardcash Productions, who were the producers of the Undercover Mosque documentary appear to have resorted to some underhand methods in order to engage in hatemongering against some mainstream UK Muslim institutions, including the London Islamic Cultural Centre, the UK Islamic Mission and the Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith,’ said Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.