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MEP welcomes OFCOM sanctions over glorification of violence against non-Muslims

Delivered by Jonathan Bullock on 14 March 2018

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JONATHAN Bullock MEP has welcomed sanctions against a radio station for airing songs glorifying violence against non-Muslims.
Action was taken against Radio Dawn, a station broadcasting to the Muslim community in and around Nottingham.
Owners Karimia Limited was fined £2,000.
The OFCOM report states:
"On 26 December 2016, the Licensee broadcast a series of three Nasheeds. Two of these Nasheeds raised no issues under the Code. The third Nasheed was in Urdu and recited by a young boy. It was approximately 17 minutes in duration. It began by glorifying the victories on the battlefield of figures from Islamic history. It then went on to suggest that similar violent acts committed against non-Muslim people would bring honour to Islam."
Mr Bullock, MEP for the East Midlands, said: "We welcome the recent intervention by OFCOM in sanctioning Radio Dawn for airing Nasheeds, (religious songs), which glorified violence against non-Muslims, and suggested honour could be brought to Islam by taking to the battlefield against non-Muslims. 
"Pejorative Urdu terms, such as 'Kaafir I Murdaar', (meaning filthy disbeliever in Urdu), were used to describe those of other faiths.
"That a young child was used to sing the song concerned, is particularly worrying, and has echoes of the way attempts were made to manipulate children in the case of an Oundle chemist, who sought to convince children visiting his shop to support Islamic State.
"As Ofcom outlines, this is not the first time a community television or radio station has been used to promote Jihadist violence. 
"To ensure good community relations between people of all faiths and none, it is essential these views are challenged at source. 
"I do not believe many British Muslims support such attitudes, but we do recognise that people proclaiming violence are contesting space and influence within our communities wherever they can. It is vital they are defeated."


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