This image is a screengrab from last night’s News at Ten. The BBC web page explaining their editorial guidelines on the issue has mysteriously disappeared today. A very big Mo-ment for free speech…
It seems Dimbleby was still reading from the now ancient text on Question Time after the image went out last night:
“The prophet Mohammed must not be represented in any shape or form.”
Guido has contacted the BBC press office to see if they have had any complaints or threats…
UPDATE: BBC confirms the change in policy:
“This guidance is old, out of date and does not reflect the BBC’s long-standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”
They had no complaints.