London // Britain’s most popular Muslim TV channel is to be investigated by the government’s broadcasting watchdog after being accused of promoting extremists.
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) took action after an in-depth survey of the programmes on the Islam Channel by the Quilliam Foundation, a moderate Islamic think tank based in London.
After monitoring the output of the satellite channel for three months, the foundation reported: “The gravest concern regarding the Islam Channel is its failure in combating extremism.
“A number of presenters with extremist tendencies were regularly given the opportunity to air their opinions on the network without a challenge from more moderate Islamic voices.”
The report also condemned the channel, which is headquartered in London, for being demeaning to women, saying that programmes instructed women that they could not refuse to have sexual relations with their husbands.
Under British law, a husband who forces his wife to have sex with him can be charged with rape.
The report added that on one programme, women were told that they should not leave their homes without their husband’s consent and should always have a male escort. Another suggested that women who wore perfume were prostitutes.
Concerns were also raised in the report over a religious advice programme in which viewers were told that “the majority of people in hell will be women” because they are the cause of “calamities, hardship and suffering” in western society.”…