Thursday, March 02, 2006

Here they go again...

Another bout of frenzy-whipping:
A Czech Television (CTV) documentary is threatening to raise tensions within the country's Muslim population to a level not seen here during weeks of recent global unrest over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Ambassadors to the Czech Republic from Arab nations and members of the Czech Muslim community say they are outraged by a documentary aired on CTV last fall that used hidden camera footage of conversations in a Prague mosque and spliced it — they say unfairly — with images of terrorism…

The Council of Arabic Ambassadors to Prague is now renewing its protest about the undercover footage first aired Oct. 7 in the documentary I, Muslim on the public station CT2.
Czech Muslims didn’t get angry enough about the cartoons so the Islamists are making them go back to a documentary from last October and try again.
The footage in I, Muslim shows a reporter pretending to be someone interested in converting to Islam. He conducts several conversations with members of the mosque, located in Cerný Most, about Islam, Europe, terrorism and the role of women.

Ovecka says he stands behind his choice to use the hidden camera footage.
"I wanted to get real opinions of the local Muslim community on the issue — find out what the differences are between Czech and foreign Islam," he says.
One Muslim in the documentary compares Islamic terrorists to Jan Palach, the Czech student who committed suicide by setting himself on fire in protest of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Another says Islamic law should be implemented in the Czech Republic, including the death penalty for adultery, Ovecka says.

"I have to say with 100 percent certainty that by using hidden camera I have learned things that I would never have learned otherwise," he says. "The result was alarming, and if not for the hidden camera, I would have never had any of this footage…It's like this: During official shooting they were peaceful, nice," he says. "Hidden camera footage showed something else — aversion, hatred toward Europe, the entire world, and a mild attitude toward terrorism.
Can you imagine the BBC doing this? Me neither.


Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

The Beeb has filmed undercover in documentaries on the police, the BNP, the Conservative Party and footie hoolies. Given that A Tiny Minority of Muslims support violence, the BBC should go undercover in a mosque and find the facts. It's in the public interest, after all.

I can't see a problem - all a reporter needs is a clean pair of socks.

11:11 pm  
Blogger The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

Every now and then, of course, the BBC does manage to get the full stuff on camera and even with the camera in the open: think of the (in?)famous panorama episode on the MCB....

2:48 pm  

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