BBC Guidelines: ‘Mohammed Must Not be Depicted’

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On last night’s BBC Question Time, presenter David Dimbleby read out the BBC’s editorial guidelines on depicting Mohammed, which confirm the Muslim prophet should never be shown.

Following a debate on the Paris shootings and whether media outlets should show the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, Dimbleby said: “I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t read this out from BBC editorial guidelines.”

He continued: “The prophet Mohammed must not be represented in any shape or form.”

Broadcaster and columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer responded: “I think that’s absolutely outrageous.”


The Guido Fawkes blog reports that the BBC have denied this is their current policy:

“This guidance is old, out of date and does not reflect the BBC’s long-standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”