BBC under fire for “hostile” interview of Muslim Council of Britain head


The BBC has come under fire for an interview it broadcast with Muslim Council of Britain head, Zara Mohammed, on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’.

The interview, which aired on 4th February, was criticised by over 100 public figures including the Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi, the Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Naz Shah, and the comedian Deborah Frances-White. The interview was described as “strikingly hostile”, according to The Guardian.

The letter was set-up by Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Mariam Khan after a controversial approach to its interview line of questioning. It claimed that the interview reinforced “damaging and prejudicial tropes” about Islam and Muslim women.

Abdel-Magied was cited in the paper saying, “This cannot be the way that media organisations, especially the BBC – which is meant to represent Britain and British people – engage with Muslim women and Muslim people.”

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