Undercover Mosque: The Return
Undercover Mosque: The Return is a documentary programme produced by the independent television company Hardcash Productions for the Channel 4 series Dispatches which aired in the UK on 1 September 2008 at 8pm.
This program is a sequel to the Undercover Mosque programme broadcast on 15 January 2007 in the UK. The programme uses footage filmed by undercover reporters in UK mosques and Islamic institutions as well as interviews with Muslim academics and prominent figures. It contains statements by Islamic preachers which espouse violence towards homosexual men, other religions and apostates.
The programme focuses on three institutions in London:
The programme suggests that these organisations are controlled directly or indirectly by the Saudi religious establishment and that they promulgate the Saudi interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism.
London Central Mosque
One of the people quoted in the program was Khalid Yasin. His videos were found to be on sale in the Regents Park mosque bookshop espousing extremist views such as public beheadings, amputations, lashings and crucifixions. He is quoted in the programme as saying that "people can see people without hands, people can see in public heads rolling down the street, people can see in public people got their hands and feet from opposite sides chopped off and they see them crucified, they see people get punished they see people put up against the pole? ... and because they see it, it acts as a deterrent for them because they say I don't want that to happen to me."
Yasin published an online response to an email from the producer in which Yasin wrote: "Not only are you inaccurate, but you are scandalous, unethical and merchants of jounalistic vomit. Your motives are not morally driven, nor aimed at the intellectualisation of your viewers. Rather, you are resorting to the use of cheap sensational journalism, to exploit an unaware and pre-conditioned public, in order to make the "bottom line" profit that sustains your "Channel 4 - HardCore" vomit factory."
Yasin added that "the response in its entirety will be broadcast on seventeen television platforms around the world, and made available to hundreds of magazines and periodicals, for their comparison edification. I will utilize my relationship with these media platforms to counter your evil intent. In addition to that, I am challenging "Channel 4 and Hard4Cash (or HardCore) Ltd. to an unedited open-ended interview, to discuss my views and responses to their media productions, past and present! If you do not accept, hundreds of millions viewers will be aware of your one-sided, prejudicial campaigns against Islam and Muslims!"
- Conlan, Tara (22 August 2008). "Channel 4 announces return of Undercover Mosque". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
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- "Revealed: Saudi women preaching hate in the British mosque that promised to clean up its act 18 months ago". Daily Mail. London. Archived from the original on August 31, 2008.
- Billen, Andrew (2 September 2008). "The Children; Dispatches: Undercover Mosque - The Return". London: Times online. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- "Dispatches Returns to Sensationalise Islamic Extremism" (PDF). London Central Mosque.