Article Title:Islam prog will avoid gay issues
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:8th March 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2248
Text:The producer of an Islamic television programme which featured a Muslim cleric saying gays should be put to death has promised its broadcaster that future episodes will not touch on "controversial issues." Voice of Islam, broadcast on Auckland's Triangle TV, had a complaint against it upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority last week, who ruled the offending episode “hate speech”, ordering Triangle to broadcast an apology. Triangle's director of programming Hans Versluys says that the station outlined its concerns “very clearly” to the programme's producer following the original broadcast on 29 September last year. “BSA decisions on these matters are a good guide for us and our (future) programme makers for what is and isn't possible on NZ TV,” he says. “We usually lean to the liberal side in matters of speech - and considering the reactions we get to all sorts of different programmes, this has been good policy, as few complaints referred to the BSA have been upheld against us in the past.” Viewer Doug Clayton, who took his complaint to the BSA last year after Triangle rejected it, says he is pleased with the outcome. "Triangle TV did the right thing by apologising," he says. "We all have to find a way to get along. If we don't co-exist peacefully everybody loses."    
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