BBC chief warns against being overly cautious while reporting on Islam

April 11th, 2008 - 4:29 pm ICT by admin  

London, Apr 11 (ANI): The Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has warned broadcasters against becoming overly cautious while reporting on Islam.

There was a growing nervousness about discussion about Islam and its relationship to the traditions and values of British and Western society as a whole, said Thompson while speaking at Westminster Cathedral.

He further said that the BBC and other major media houses have a special responsibility in ensuring that debates pertaining to faith and society and about any religion should not be foreclosed or censored.

There is no point having a BBC which isnt prepared to stand up and be counted; which will do everything it can to mitigate potential religious offence; but which will always be forthright in the defence of freedom of speech and of impartiality, Time Online quoted Thompson, as saying. (ANI)

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