An Arizona lawmaker is upset with the Public Broadcasting Service for not airing a controversial documentary on radical and anti-American strains of Islam.
U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is joining other conservatives in criticizing the federally funded public television network for not running a documentary called “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center.”
Franks saw the film this week at a special screening for congressional members and is upset it was not included in a recent PBS series about the Iraq war and terrorism.
“It is unfathomable that PBS has chosen to censure a film which so powerfully encapsulates a message every person needs to hear. The network’s censorship of this documentary is one of the best examples to date of how the media refuses to acknowledge free speech being used to reveal the truth about crucial issues when they are deemed politically incorrect,” said Franks in a statement.
PBS spokeswoman Lea Sloan provided The Business Journal with a statement saying “Islam vs. Islamists” was not slated to be part of the Iraq/Islamic terrorism series that aired earlier this month
The producers of the film claim it has not yet run because it has politically conservative themes and looks at radicals within the Muslim faith.
Franks will be joining with several other members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to address their serious concern regarding the PBS decision to drop the film. The Republican represents Sun City, Peoria, Glendale, Wickenburg and Kingman.