BBC Apologises to MCB Secretary-General over slanderous comments aired on Question Time

16 Jul 2009
The BBC has today apologised in open court to the MCB Secretary General, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, over false and slanderous comments that were aired on its Question Time programme in March 2009 and have also agreed to pay damages.

Speaking on the outcome of the libel case, Dr Abdul Bari said:

“As the MCB and I had made clear even before the Question Time broadcast, we do not support attacks on British soldiers anywhere in the world. We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of lives both amongst UK soldiers and the many thousands of civilians in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We are therefore pleased that the BBC has today set the record straight.’

A statement from Dr Bari’s lawyers, Carter-Ruck, can be read here.

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For more on this issue:
Secretary General of MCB secures Question Time apology and £45,000 libel damages from the BBC
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari – an apology
Muhammad Abdul Bari and the BBC – Joint Statement in Open Court

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