BBC accused of failure to address Tory Islamophobia

Tuesday 10th December 2019 07:19 EST

The UK's largest Muslim organisation has accused the BBC of “failing to sufficiently report” on Islamophobia rampant within the Conservative Party.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), has written to BBC Director General Tony Hall to raise its concerns about the lack of proportionate coverage of the Conservative Party’s “institutional Islamophobia”.

Reminding Mr Hall of the BBC’s responsibility as a public broadcaster to be impartial and consistent, the MCB has requested that “racism against Muslims be given equal importance to racism against others.” MCB Secretary General, Harun Khan, said,

“The Conservative Party has an institutional, widespread problem with Islamophobia, which has been clearly documented both by the MCB and other individuals, organisations and media outlets.

“Not only has the BBC not covered the full extent of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party that many in society feel should be discussed this election, it has also given a platform to individuals who have used far-right Islamophobic hate. On 2nd December, Melanie Phillips made an accusation that deception is a mainstream Muslim belief in The Times.

“License payers, who include millions of British Muslims, are essentially paying to facilitate the incitement of hatred against themselves.”

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