BBC cuts honour killing play to avoid ‘misrepresenting’ Muslim attitudes

Telegraph.co.uk 1 February 2013
By Alice Vincent

The BBC have cut a line from play about honour killing in the Muslim community to avoid "potentially misrepresenting majority British Muslim attitudes to honour killing.” Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, who was asked to amend the line in the Radio 4 play, has accused the broadcaster of "extraordinary” censorship.

Bhatti’s episode is called The Heart of Darkness and will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Friday afternoon as part of the station’s DCI Stone series.

The drama follows an investigation into the murder of a 16-year-old Asian girl, who it later emerges is a victim of honour killing.

DCI Stone is told to treat the case "sensitively” because of her Muslim heritage. (continue reading...)