The BBC AsianÂ networkÂ has generally been regarded as a standard in the world of radio broadcasting since its inception on 20thÂ OctoberÂ 1988. Its focus being on news andÂ programmesÂ featuring the music, culture and diversity ofÂ England’sÂ asian community.
Listeners to this network were thusÂ understandablyÂ shocked when on the 1st of Feb in a radio program hosted by Mr Nihil Ashanayake whilst discussing the different religions of Hindus, Sikths and Muslims a caller Mr Guramit Singh (event organizer and spokesperson) of right winged EDL group was allowed to rant and rave againstÂ MuslimsÂ and degrade their religion in a manner which should never have been allowed on air.
This has been an instance which has come true in many areas of the world after 9/11 when presenters and hosts of a non muslim nature usually tend to increase their ratings in theÂ lieuÂ of Islam bashing or spreading Islamophobia in various degrees.
When it occurs on a forum as widely heard as the BBCÂ AsianÂ network, it just goes to back the belief manyÂ MuslimsÂ have today that they are treated as a second class of citizens on the basis of their religion in countries theyÂ emigrateÂ to.
“If there was nothing wrong with the program then why has it been removed from the networks website” Â would be one of my first questions to any justification of airing thisÂ vitriolic rant. It is still available on youtube however for all to hear for themselves just how vicious an attack was allowed on air.
A law suit has thus been rightly filed on this network by the “Peaceful Arts Association” a copy of which can be read here
I condemn this program and the views exercised in it Â by the EDL spokesman in the mostÂ vociferousÂ manner possible and appeal to the BBC to stop letting people like this on air, because they are tainting the image of the network beingÂ neutralÂ and areÂ dehumanizingÂ Islam for their own twisted agendas.