By Oliver Darcy Al Jazeera English was called out by a guest Monday for removing criticism of Islam from a segment that aired on the network.
Tommy Robinson, a strong critic of Islam, appeared on “Inside Story” to offer his thoughts on the religion.
Using his phone, Robinson recorded the entire segment. It began with host Peter Dobbie trying to trick Robinson by reading supposed Quran quotes that were actually from the Old Testament.
“When you hear those quotes, what do you think that speaks to?” Dobbie asked.
Robinson wasn’t fooled.
“I’d ask you why you’re reading the Old Testament to me,” he fired back. “I’m not stupid.”
Robinson then went on to slam Islam, blasting Prophet Muhammad as a violent pedophile.
The criticism Robinson leveled against the religion was all captured by his phone — but it never made it on air. Instead, Al Jazeera edited the clip to remove the criticism from the program.
Robinson, however, saved it and uploaded a video Monday to show the portion of the interview that was removed.
Al Jazeera, owned in part by the ruling family of Qatar, acknowledged the segment was edited in a statement provided to a conservative website.
“Inside Story is a pre-recorded programme, and on many occasions our editorial staff make decisions on what to include or omit based on what is editorially relevant and acceptable to broadcasting standards to the particular debate being aired in the episode in question,” the statement said.
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