The sharia-compliant BBC has been accused of censorship after Twitter users suggested references to “Allah” and the “Koran” were edited out of a TV interview. You know we have reached some sort of a tipping point when one media outlet actually reported on the BBC cuts. Granted its not ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or even Fox, but it is something.
Did the BBC cut ‘Allah’ and ‘Koran’ references from an interview with a nursery boss after ‘three Asian girls’ stabbed her female staff member?
- Karrien Stevens, who runs the nursery, said staff member was stabbed
- She told reporters that the woman, named only as Katie, was attacked from behind by the trio chanting ‘Allah’ and slashed with a Stanley knife
- But in her BBC interview the references to Allah appear to have been taken out
- The quote does appear in the online written version of the story
- Police are treating the attack as a hate crime and not terror related
By Rachael Burford For Mailonline, 8 June 2017
The BBC has been accused of censorship after Twitter uses suggested references to ‘Allah’ and the ‘Koran’ were edited out of a TV interview.
Karrien Stevens, who runs Little Diamonds Nursery in Hermon Hill, London said yesterday that a member of her staff was punched, kicked and slashed with a ‘Stanley knife’ by three ‘Asian women’ chanting about ‘Allah’ and the ‘Koran’.
The televised interview, which was shared on Twitter, shows a cut at 17 seconds – the point where users suggested Ms Stevens would have gone on to make her comments about Islam.
At this point in the clip users say the interview skips, suggesting two pieces of footage were spliced together.
The reason some Twitter users believe that these comments were edited out is because Ms Stevens is quoted in a written BBC Online article saying the women ‘shouted out “something to do with Allah and the Koran”.’
A BBC spokesman admitted the television clip was edited to fit their news report, but would not confirm which comments made by Ms Stevens were removed from their broadcast.
Nursery manager Karrien Stevens (pictured) said a member of staff was stabbed by three women ‘chanting Allah’
When she was interviewed by BBC TV cameras there was no mention of the attackers chanting and some of her words were clearly edited out
Ms Stevens told journalists that the victim, identified only as Katie, was on her way into work at about 9.30am in Wanstead High Street when she was followed by three women ‘dressed in black’.
She said: ‘They pulled her to the ground, punched her, kicked her. One of them pulled out a knife and cut her arm from her wrist to her elbow.
She added the ‘girls were behind her chanting the Koran, “Allah”.’
Ms Stevens did not witness the assault herself but claimed she spoke to the victim after she was rescued and brought to the nursery by a passerby.
The 34-second clip was edited half way through as Ms Stevens talked about the attackers, causing speculation that the references were deliberately removed.
One viewer tweeted: ‘Yep… at 17 seconds… Clip altered.’
Another said: ‘Sounds like biased reporting.’
It was described as ‘shameless censorship’ by another Twitter user.
A BBC spokeswoman denied that the clip was edited to sensor the Allah comments.
She said that the TV interview needed to be edited to fit into a short news report for broadcast, but that the corporation’s coverage of the story online and on Radio 2 included comments that Ms Stevens had given in other interviews, where she was more specific about what she heard.
The spokesman added: ‘We reported this story accurately adding new information when we could, including reporting claims of what was being shouted.’
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