BBC under fire after dropping 'gay muslim' panel discussion

BBC under fire after dropping 'gay muslim' panel discussion

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 14 March 2014 13:42 Written by // Sabine Brix

The BBC Three program Free Speech has come under fire for censorship after dropping a debate from the program which was to discuss homosexuality in Islam.

The program which was aired live from Birmingham Central Mosque,  was to pose the question 'When will be it be accepted to be Muslim and gay?'

It wasn't until after an introductory clip was played which featured Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore that it became apparent the topic would no longer be discussed. Presenter Rick Edwards said:

"We were going to debate that question but today after speaking to the mosque they have expressed deep concerns with having this discussion we'll move on to our next question.

"We will talk about it on our next programme, on March the 25th."

The discussion panel was set to included political editor of Huffington Post, Medhi Hasan, Lib Dem peer Susan Kramer, trans activist Paris Lees, former Conservative canddidate Shazia Awan and Heydon Prowse, co-creator of 'The Revolution will be Televised.

Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore.

[Image] Hosts of BBC Three's Free Speech program Rick Edwards Tina Daheley


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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