Originally published by the Evening Standard
The BBC was today accused of “totally inappropriate” conduct over its decision to feature a notorious extremist who has expressed support for Islamic State beheadings in a new programme on British Muslims to be broadcast next week.
Anthony Small, 35, a former boxer and associate of jailed extremist cleric Anjem Choudary, will appear as one of 10 housemates in a documentary called Muslims Like Us showing over two nights on BBC2.
Deputy director Davis Lewin said: “It is totally inappropriate for the BBC to put anybody who has expressed support for Islamic State on our screens in this context and one must ask why such views have to be included in a welcome effort to showcase the diversity of Muslim opinion in Britain.”
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