TV channel fined for incitement to murder

There seems to have been no ambiguity about the comments, made by Abdul Qadir Jilani,  which led to the DM Digital channel being fined £85,000 for inciting murder:

DM Digital, which is based in Manchester, broadcast a programme Mercy unto the Worlds, in October 2011, and another entitled POAF Conference, broadcast in November and December 2011.

The first programme featured a live lecture by Abdul Qadir Jilani, a so-called Islamic scholar, which included material that Ofcom considered was “likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder”.

Mr Jilani, said in the offending programme: “The matter of insulting the prophet does not fall in the category of terrorism. Those who cannot kill such men have no faith. It is your duty, the duty of those who recite the holy verse, to kill those who insult Prophet Mohammed. Under the guidance from Islamic texts it is evident that if a Muslim apostatises, then it is not right to wait for the authorised courts; anyone may kill him. An apostate deserves to be killed and any man may kill him.”

The President of the NSS makes a fair point:

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: “Inciting murder is against the law. Why aren’t the police knocking on Mr Jilani’s door? Why is he not under arrest? Surely he cannot be allowed to get away with such blatant call to kill innocent people? Other people have been sent to prison for far less than this.”

Hat Tip: Fasdunkle