Saturday, 10 March 2018

#MosqueMeToo


As Sue pointed out, the Muslim Council of Britain scored a quick victory over the BBC last week.

The MCB website reads
In an article on hijab and female dress, the BBC inaccurately wrote “One of the main pillars of the religion of Islam is female modesty”. After Miqdaad Versi, Assistant Secretary general of the MCB, contacted the BBC to clarify that female modesty is not actually a pillar of Islam, they acknowledged the mistake in an email response and corrected the error online.

I was curious about the article they were objecting to. What was it about? Were the MCB simply correcting a factual error, or did they have other reasons to attack this article as well?

It's a piece headlined 100 Muslim women rally round #MosqueMeToo written by Faranak Amidi, "Women’s Affairs Journalist, BBC World Service" and, unusually for the BBC, tackles the question of sexual harassment of women by Muslim men. 

Its specific subject is the #MosqueMeToo movement which campaigns against sexual abuse experienced by women on the Hajj. 


So is that the real reason why the Muslim Council of Britain chose to target this particular BBC article? That #MosqueMeToo isn't to their liking either and that they wanted to discredit this BBC report?

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