Redaktøren for BBCs avdeling for religion og etikk, Aaqil Ahmed, innrømmet på et møte på Huddersfield-universitet sist uke at IS er inspirert av islam og at det å si noe annet er tull.
Ahmed sa dette på et kurs i regi av Senteret for kunnskap om religion for journalister, Lapido.
Mr Ahmed was speaking at Huddersfield University when he was asked to defend the corporation’s policy of referring to Isis as the “so-called” Islamic State. At an event organised by Lapido, the centre for religious literacy in journalism, the barrister Neil Addison said: “You wouldn’t say ‘so-called Huddersfield University’.”
According to a report yesterday by Lapido, Mr Ahmed said at last Wednesday’s event: “I hear so many people say Isis has nothing to do with Islam — of course it has. They are not preaching Judaism.
“It might be wrong, but what they are saying is an ideology based on some form of Islamic doctrine. They are Muslims. That is a fact and we have to get our head around some very uncomfortable things.
“That is where the difficulty comes in for many journalists, because the vast majority of Muslims won’t agree with them [Isis].”
Det Ahmed kom med her var en interessant innrømmelse: Muslimers motvilje/motstand mot å innrømme at IS er drevet av islam, gjør at journalister unngår å påpeke sammenhengen, selv om IS selv refererer til islam i alle sammenhenger. Denne utelatelsen gjør fenomenet ubegripelig.
En av dem som har gått foran i kritikken av de som henger islam på IS, er statsminister David Cameron.
The BBC has come under fire for the way in which it refers to the group. The corporation was criticised by David Cameron for using the term “Islamic State”. Appearing on the Today programme on Radio 4 in January, the prime minister said: “I think Muslim families around the country would have held their heads in despair this morning when once again you just called it ‘Islamic State’. You didn’t even say ‘so-called Islamic State’. It’s so important.”
Å tro at betegnelsen “såkalt” skal svekke IS prestisje og tiltrekningskraft er ren voodoo-politikk.
Men BBC føyde seg
The BBC has, since last year, largely referred to the group as the “so-called Islamic State”. It’s use of “so-called” is understood to qualify the group’s claim to statehood rather than its religious affiliation.
In response to criticism last year, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the BBC’s director-general, told MPs: “We have recognised that, used on its own, the name Islamic State could suggest that such a state exists and such an interpretation is misleading. So we have caveated the name ‘Islamic State’ with words which qualify it, eg ‘so-called Islamic State’.”
He added, however, that the BBC would not drop the term altogether as the alternative, “Daesh”, is taken by many to be derogatory and he needed to “preserve the BBC’s impartiality”.
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