Ever wonder why the BBC is so consistently and fanatically pro-jihad, and intent on smearing freedom fighters? “BBC Reporter Sentenced for Links to Islamist Group,” from AP, October 14:
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan October 14, 2011 (AP) A court in Tajikistan sentenced a BBC reporter to three years in jail Friday over links to a banned radical Islamic group, but immediately released him after granting amnesty.
The Sughd regional court found BBC Central Asia service journalist Uronboi Usmonov guilty of failing to provide authorities with information about alleged criminal activities planned by Hizb ut-Tahrir.
The BBC World Service rejects all suggestions that Usmonov was directly involved with Hizb ut-Tahrir and says that his dealings with the group were linked exclusively to his activities as a journalist.
Usmonov was arrested in June in the northern Sughd region on suspicion of belonging to the group. But after condemnation by the U.S. government and the European Union, prosecutors downgraded that charge to failing to bring forward information to the authorities about the organization.
The BBC World Service condemned Friday’s guilty verdict.
“We will continue to support (Urunboi) and hope that the appeal process will lead to his reputation as a highly respected writer and journalist being restored,” said Peter Horrocks, director of BBC Global News….