Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jonz at Drunken Blogging has received a reply from Channel 4 in relation to his excellent Furious post and the questions he directly asked them which they neatly sidestepped. I had at a go today over at ATW fwiw. I admit I initially thought it was best buried and dismissed - but since they are already getting the publicity they craved from both the MSM and well, the blogosphere, well done him for putting awkward questions to them. They now need to be challenged directly on this.

Cross post it if you can.

Look forward to hearing from them.


Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries. We felt it fitting that the Alternative Christmas Message should be from a British Muslim woman in a year in which issues of religious and racial identity and freedom of expression have dominated the news agenda.

If you require further information, feel free to email me back or visit http://help.channel4.com/tv.Max WhitmanChannel 4 Viewer Enquiries

"How noble! Freedom of expression! Here's my reply for what it's worth"


Dear Mark,

With respect, please answer the questions.

Most of the British public think it is far from "fitting". This brush off really is quite outrageous. Channel 4 did not publish the Mohammed Cartoons or Theo Van Gogh's Submission film. These have been far more prominent on the news and the "freedomof expression" agenda. It's easy pickings to offend non-Muslims. If you really want to talk about freedom of speech you should be giving a voice to moderate muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq who are being slaughtered by religious fascists whilst walking to school, or those women in Iran who get beaten by religious authorities for demonstrating for equal rights. Or perhaps all those British Muslims who have come out in opposition to the burqa and the niqab in Britian, and those normal Muslims who don’t go and pray in the mosque every week, and sometimes even, mix with strangers of the opposite sex. Channel 4 seems to be consistently presenting the case for literalist and extremist Islam.

When will Channel 4 embrace the real moderates? It seems Channel 4 is trying to becontroversial. It has certainly achieved that, but it has consistently played the safe bet of offending non-Muslims only.

I await your answers with anticipation.

4 Comments:

At Thursday, 07 December, 2006, Blogger Sir Percy said...

Great points A. and your letter encapsulates the reason why I keep coming back to read your excellent blog!

Keep writing!

N.

 
At Thursday, 07 December, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Thanks Sir P. Hope you are well! This letter is JOnz's (drunkenblogging) work though..

 
At Monday, 11 December, 2006, Blogger DalaiDahmer said...

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At Monday, 11 December, 2006, Blogger DalaiDahmer said...

i've voiced some concerns regarding that post on jonz's site.
i wonder what your perspective might be on those concerns, and invite you to comment.

thanks.

 

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