From Channel 4's promotional material
The producers of this documentary spent a year working with Bradford Social Services and the troubled people they help. "These are the neighbours we don't want to know whose problems we don't want to see," said the producers. How right they were.
LONDON (Reuters) - A British television documentary which shows Asian men grooming under-age white girls for sex has been shelved because of fears it could incite racial violence ahead of elections, Channel 4 said Friday. The broadcaster said the decision to pull "Edge of the City" was taken after discussions with police.
Bradford, the northern city where the program was filmed, was rocked in 2001 by race riots between Asians and whites.
"The police feared that the timing of the broadcast would increase community tensions in Bradford...with the risk that it would lead to public disorder," the broadcaster said in a statement.
The program, which was to have been screened earlier this week, explores what it calls an explosion of child abuse whereby Asian men in the city have been targeting young girls for sex -- one as young as 11 -- by plying them with drugs.
The Muslim Political Affairs Committee (MPAC) is crowing:
It was a last minute rush to get this biased documentary postponed, but we did it. MPACUK readers rushed to register their dismay at linking race with paedophiles; the police registered their concern by stating that it could cause racial tensions and MPAC contacted 5 MPs and a Lord to ask them to raise this with Channel 4. Here is MPAC’s story on what we did, who we talked to and the one guy who we got to. This is why lobbying works and why Muslims need to know their MPs.
Wait a minute. Didn't you guys forget to blame the so-called hatemongers who report verifiable facts backed up with documentary evidence? Oh -- never mind. You put that bit at the end.
This small success by the Grace of Allah, the hard work of the e-group and the personal interest shown by our Parliamentary representatives, show that when we do make an effort, we get results. And that is why we demand that the mosques actively lobby and teach their congregation the importance of politics. With Allah’s blessing and our deeds we can and will make a difference. If we all mobilize to the man, woman and child, then the BNP, Zionist, Islamophobes can all be beaten. The key is everyone participating.
Ironically the program also profiles Mathew, a repeat offender and "underprivileged white youth" who is assigned to Omar -- a British Muslim whose role is to keep him out of trouble.
Reuters explains how the law prohibits stirring up racial tension (even "inadvertently").
Local and European elections take place throughout Britain in June and broadcasters are duty-bound not to transmit material which is either intended to create racial hatred or which could inadvertently stir up racial tension.
In short, there are just some things one does not talk about. Sorry for the girls and all that, but we can't take a chance on upsetting people.
"Segregation, albeit self-segregation, is an unacceptable basis for a harmonious community and it will lead to more serious problems if it is not tackled."
Europe, are you listening?