Thursday, February 02, 2006

BBC to screen Muhammad cartoons


The BBC is going to stand up for freedom of speech, according to a report in The Times.

The BBC is tonight planning to screen the 'blasphemous' cartoon images of Muhammad which have caused uproar across the Muslim world.

Station controllers said this afternoon that they had decided to use the pictures during tonight's edition of Newsnight on BBC2 in a report on the international dispute which has blown up around the cartoons.

The BBC said that the level of public interest justified a decision to ignore warnings from the Muslim community. A spokesman said: "We’ll use them responsibly and in full context to give audiences an understanding of the strong feelings evoked by the story."

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