OFCOM Rejects Hizb ut Tahrir’s “Unfair Treatment” Claim

Hizb ut Tahrir complained to OFCOM about Shiraz Maher’s Panorama report on this jihadist group.

It failed.

This edition of the investigative current affairs programme Panorama looked at the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir and its influence on young British Muslims. The programme was presented by Mr Shiraz Maher, a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain. The programme said that young Muslims who joined Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain were encouraged to hate non-Muslims. It included a discussion about how the encouragement of this hatred created the potential for Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain members to take violent action against non-Muslims both in Britain and abroad.

Ofcom found that Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain was not portrayed unfairly. It considered that the claims that Mr Khyam (who dressed up as a suicide bomber) was an Hizb ut Tahrir supporter and that Mr Sharif (who was one of the Tel Aviv bombers) had been influenced by Hizb ut-Tahrir ideology did not result in unfairness to Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain because of the context in which these comments were made and because they were based on the testimony of credible witnesses. Ofcom found that the programme did not suggest that Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain was associated with either the demonstrations against the Danish cartoons of The Prophet Mohammed in 2006 or the events at the Regent’s Park Mosque in 2004 and that therefore the inclusion of footage of these events was not unfair to the complainant. Ofcom also found that the claim that Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia was set up from London did not result in unfairness to the complainant because it was again based on the testimony of credible witnesses.

There’s also clearly somebody who spends all their time watching the “adult” channel, and complaining to OFCOM about what they see. As a result, almost every issue of OFCOM’s report contains some pretty pornographic material. This week’s offering is on something called “Water Bondage” and also the “Houston Gang Bang”.

That complainant succeeded where Hizb failed.

Read all about it here.