UK: BBC accused of pro-Muslim bias

Hindu and Sikh leaders have accused the BBC of pandering to Britain's Muslim community by making a disproportionate number of programmes on Islam at the expense of covering other Asian religions.

A breakdown of programming from the BBC's Religion and Ethics department, seen by The Independent, reveals that since 2001, the BBC made 41 faith programmes on Islam, compared with just five on Hinduism and one on Sikhism.

Critics say the disproportionate amount of programming is part of an apparent bias within the BBC towards Islam since the attacks of 11 September 2001, which has placed an often uncomfortable media spotlight on Britain's Muslims.

Ashish Joshi, the chairman of the Network of Sikh Organisation's (NSO) media monitoring group, which obtained the numbers, said many Hindu and Sikh licence-fee payers felt cheated. "People in our communities are shocked," he said. "We are licence-fee payers and we want to know why this has happened. The bias towards Islam at the expense of Hindus and particularly Sikhs is overwhelming and appears to be a part of BBC policy."

Indarjit Singh, the editor of the Sikh Messenger and a regular contributor to BBC Radio4's Thought for the Day, said that the public broadcaster was focusing too much attention on Islam at the expense of other religious communities.

"I think it's probably unthinking, or inadvertent, but the bias is there," he said. "I do know that within the Sikh community especially there is a feeling of concern over the lack of portrayal of their religion on television. There is a feeling of being brushed aside."

He added: "The wider community is missing out on what the different religions have to offer society. Of course it is important to educate non-Muslims about Islam but it is also important to provide informative, open and respectful programming on all religions."


Source: Independent (English)

See also: UK: BBC employees complain of anti-Muslim bias


wendy mann said...

41 programmes is a small price to pay considering the overwhelming anti islam rhetoric that emanates from the current affairs/news department of the bbc.

also the idea that these 41 programmes have been favourable towards islam is somewhat without foundation.

of course what better way to muddy the waters about a legitimate complaint regarding anti muslim bias within the bbc using other minority groups.

its the standard protocol and should be understood for what it is.

Unknown said...

Well Sikhs and Hindus the lesson you should have learnt from all this is that if you want the BBC to shill for you like they do with Islam, what you need to do is become more intolerant, angry and hateful. Make some threats to kill everybody and refuse to integrate into the society you've, of your own volition, moved to, like he Muslims. Then the BBC will be all over you like flies of a freshly-laid cow pat.