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Inappropriate books...

Free book exchange scheme ends at Archway Tube Station after it is spoilt by people planting inappropriate religious books

Link Here 31st July 2016
Complaints about religious books and porn have led to the removal of a popular book swap scheme at Archway station.

The bookshelf, which appeared at the ticket area at the end of last year, allowed people to take a book for free as long as they donated one. But it was quietly removed earlier this month, leaving commuters bemused.

They said station staff had told them it was due to a daily drop off of religious books and some pornography. One commuter said:

The day before it disappeared the book exchange sign had another sign placed next to it that said 'no religious books' so this suggests someone was concerned about this.

The reticence to detail the religion means that we can safely infer that these were islamic books.

A TfLspokesman said:

Unfortunately, we have had to remove the bookshelf after we received complaints about some of the books left there repeatedly.



Call the Emergency Outrage Extinguishing Service...

Fireman Sam called over ludicrous accusation that unrecognisable text was a page from the Qur'an

Link Here 27th July 2016
An episode of Fireman Sam in which a character appeared to tread on a page of generic unreadable Arabic-like script has been removed from Channel 5's streaming site, the TV network said.

In episode seven, series nine of the popular children's cartoon, a character carrying a tray of hot drinks slips after tripping on some paper on the floor of the fire station. Several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script.

HIT Entertainment, which produced the show, quickly apologised:

It has been bought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam (Series 9, Episode 7), an image of the Qur'an is briefly depicted. The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offence it may have caused.

We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake. In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again. Again, we apologise unreservedly to our viewers.

The episode has been pulled from Channel 5's online streaming platform and the broadcaster said it had no plans to show it on TV.

It is not clear how an unreadable page of Arabic-like script got identified as a page from the Qur'an.



Guilt by association...

Press censor bans Daily Mail headline linking honour killings with islam

Link Here 22nd July 2016

Miqdaad Versi, assistant general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain but acting in a personal capacity, complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that Mail Online breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an article headlined Mother of four stabbed to death while her family were at a funeral 'may have been murdered in Islamic honour killing' , published on 25 May 2016.

The article reported that a woman had been found dead in her home and the police were investigating the circumstances of her death.

The complainant said that the reference in the headline to an Islamic honour killing was inaccurate: honour killings have no basis in Islam. He noted the difference between the words Islamic , meaning relating to Islam as a faith, and Muslim meaning relating to a Muslim individual. He said that honour killings are rooted in culture, not religion.

The publication did not believe that the headline was inaccurate, and noted that the possibility that the woman had been murdered in an honour killing was not in dispute. It said that the phrase complained of had been used to indicate that the killing may have been related to the religion of those concerned. The publication did not accept that the phrase Islamic honour killing would have suggested to readers that honour killings are approved of by Islam. It said that the article was not an in-depth discussion of honour killings , and the phrase had just been used a shorthand reference to the religion of the individuals involved. It noted that honour killings are particularly prevalent in Muslim countries.

Nonetheless, the publication offered to remove the word Islamic from the headline and from the article, and to publish the following footnote:

An earlier version of this article said that the police were investigating whether Mrs Khan may have been murdered in an Islamic honour killing . We are happy to make clear Islam as a religion does not support so-called honour killings .

Relevant Code provisions:  Clause 1 (Accuracy)

(i) The press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text.

(ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and, where appropriate, an apology published.

Findings of the Committee

The phrase Islamic honour killing suggested that the killing had been motivated by Islam, when there was no basis for saying that religion had played a role in this killing. The Committee did not accept the publication's explanation that, in this context, Islamic had simply referred to the religion of those involved. There was a failure to take care over the accuracy of the article, in breach of Clause 1 (i).

The publication had offered to remove the word Islamic from the article, and append an explanatory footnote. This footnote stated the original error, and made clear the correct position. It was offered in the publication's first response to IPSO's investigation of the complaint, which was sufficiently prompt. Further, the placement constituted due prominence under the Code. There was no breach of Clause 1 (ii).

The complaint was upheld under Clause 1 (Accuracy).

Remedial action required

The publication had already offered to amend the article and publish a footnote. In light of the Committee's findings on the matter, these actions should now be taken without delay



Update: Preaching to the unconvinced...

Much as street preachers' nonsensical ramblings can be annoying, should they be censored through a supposed threat to public order

Link Here 10th July 2016
Full story: Preachers in the UK...Preachers come under censorship duress
A group of christian street preachers were arrested after refusing to stop addressing shoppers in Bristol. Four men were held on suspicion of public order offences after officers attended Broadmead shopping centre, an area known for open-air preaching.

A video on the Bristol Post website appeared to show a preacher being told he was not welcome before refusing to leave and being led away by police. A crowd of shoppers cheered after he was moved away.

The four were bailed until later this month after the incident on Wednesday.

A Facebook post from US-based Cross Encounters Ministries, which the men are believed to be affiliated with, said the men had been rejoicing and singing hymns in their cell(s) .


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