‘Undercover Mosque’ returns to Channel 4

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


Channel 4 has announced that its bringing back controversial series ‘Dispatches: Undercover Mosque’.

Three months ago, West Midlands police and the Crown Prosecution Service paid out a six-figure sum to Channel 4 and ‘Undercover Mosque Hardcash’, the independent producer responsible for the documentary, after falsely accusing the programme of misleading viewers.

The documentary, an undercover investigation into extremism in mainstream British mosques, featured preachers calling for homosexuals to be killed, espousing male supremacy, condemning non-Muslims and predicting jihad.

Last August, West Midlands police referred the critically acclaimed programme to media regulator Ofcom and, in conjunction with the CPS, issued a statement saying the words of three preachers featured had been “heavily edited” so their meaning was “completely distorted”.

However, Ofcom cleared Channel 4 and Hardcash of any TV fakery and ruled they “dealt with the subject matter responsibly and in context”.

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque: The Return will air on Channel 4 on Monday 1st September at 20:00.