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Sunday, July 19, 2009

BBC Apologises to MCB Secretary-General over slanderous comments aired on Question Time

16 July 2009

The BBC has today apologised in open court to the MCB Secretary General, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, over false and slanderous comments that were aired on its Question Time programme in March 2009 and have also agreed to pay damages.

Speaking on the outcome of the libel case, Dr Abdul Bari said:

"As the MCB and I had made clear even before the Question Time broadcast, we do not support attacks on British soldiers anywhere in the world. We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of lives both amongst UK soldiers and the many thousands of civilians in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We are therefore pleased that the BBC has today set the record straight.�

A statement from Dr Bari's lawyers, Carter-Ruck, can be read here.

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For more on this issue:

Secretary General of MCB secures Question Time apology and �45,000 libel damages from the BBC

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari � an apology

Muhammad Abdul Bari and the BBC - Joint Statement in Open Court (80KB)



Notes:

The Muslim Council of Britain is an umbrella body of over 500 Muslim organisations - mosques, charities, community groups.

For further information contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain,
PO Box 57330,
London,
E1 2WJ
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079
media@mcb.org.uk

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