The Channel 4 Brush Off

I have received a reply to my Furious post from Channel 4, apparently from a Max Whitman

Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries.

We felt it fitting that the Alternative Christmas Message should be from a British Muslim woman in a year in which issues of religious and racial identity and freedom of expression have dominated the news agenda.

If you require further information, feel free to email me back or visit

Max Whitman
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries

How noble! Freedom of expression! Here's my reply for what it's worth

Dear Mark,

With respect, please answer the questions. Most of the British public think it is far from "fitting". This brush off really is quite outrageous. Channel 4 did not publish the Mohammed Cartoons or Theo Van Gogh's Submission film. These have been far more prominent on the news and the "freedom of expression" agenda.

It's easy pickings to offend non-Muslims. If you really want to talk about freedom of speech you should be giving a voice to moderate muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq who are being slaughtered by religious fascists whilst walking to school, or those women in Iran who get beaten by religious authorities for demonstrating for equal rights.

Or perhaps all those British Muslims who have come out in opposition to the burqa and the niqab in Britian, and those normal Muslism who don’t go and pray in the mosque every week, and sometimes even, mix with strangers of the opposite sex.

Channel 4 seems to be consistently presenting the case for literalist and extremist Islam. When will Channel 4 embrace the real moderates? It seems Channel 4 is trying to be controversial. It has certainly achieved that, but it has consistently played the safe bet of offending non-Muslims only.

I await your answers with anticipation.

8 Responses to “The Channel 4 Brush Off”

  1. # Anonymous alison

    Brilliant letter. well done mate  

  2. # Blogger jonz

    Thanks Alison

    I got a reply

    "Your complaint has been logged and will be seen by the relevant people at Channel 4."

    I wonder if I'll get anything further? ....  

  3. # Anonymous Old Peculier

    You'll have a long wait.

    Lefties like their Muslims "traditional". Burqa'd. Have you notice that they hate reformists like Irshad Manji?

    Can you imagine the reaction if it was a fundamentalist Christian - and even the most fundie of fundamentalist Christians show their faces.  

  4. # Blogger Sir Percy

    Great letter J!

    I've posted it up on Talk Veritas together with your Furious post.


  5. # Blogger jonz

    Old Peculier good point. I think there would be a far bigger debate if it was a fundamentalist Christian, BBC's Have your say etc

    You can imagine the titles

    "Do we really need fundamentalist Christians on our TV screens whilst digesting the Xmas pud?" etc

    Sit Percy, thanks, at last I have a link to your other infamous forum ;)  

  6. # Anonymous Steve


    You might want to ask them why, if they are trying to be cutting edge, they dropped their 'Offensive Comedy Week'  

  7. # Anonymous Chalky

    There's a simple reason Channel 4 goes for fundementalist voices (and it applies to any issue).

    In the fight for media space, the extreme voices are the ones which get the viewers' attention quickly.

    And you can blame the media for that - but the viewers are equally guilty.  

  8. # Anonymous Anonymous

    did they get back to you?  

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