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BBC cancels a de­bate on Is­lam and pol­i­tics

The BBC has been forced to move a de­bate on Is­lam and pol­i­tics from Morocco to an­other coun­try be­cause of prob­lems over film­ing per­mis­sions, the broad­caster has said. “Global Ques­tions, our highly re­spected and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned cur­rent af­fairs pro­gram, had planned to travel to Casablanca in Morocco for a de­bate about Is­lam’s place in pol­i­tics”, the BBC said on Sun­day. “Un­for­tu­nately, for un­fore­seen rea­sons re­lated to per­mis­sions, we will no longer be film­ing this de­bate in Morocco but plan to take it to an al­ter­na­tive coun­try,” a spokesper­son said. French-lan­guage Moroc­can news­pa­per l’Economiste said the episode would in­stead be filmed in Tu­nisia. A flag­ship BBC de­bate pro­gram, Global Ques­tions is pre­sented by Su­danese-Bri­tish jour­nal­ist Zeinab Badawi and broad­cast on both tele­vi­sion and ra­dio. The broad­caster said the episode was to be an “in­formed and bal­anced dis­cus­sion” of the role of Is­lam in pol­i­tics in Morocco and the re­gion. It was to fea­ture a “high-pro­file panel of po­lit­i­cal, civil so­ci­ety and re­li­gious fig­ures”, it said.

Bahraini op­po­si­tion fig­ure ac­cused of in­cit­ing ha­tred

Bahraini author­i­ties have ac­cused a prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion fig­ure of “in­cit­ing ha­tred and con­tempt against the regime” in a state­ment to for­eign me­dia, a lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported Mon­day. The pros­e­cu­tion said on Sun­day it had sum­moned Ibrahim Sharif af­ter he made a state­ment that “harms the king­dom’s con­sti­tu­tional sys­tem” to a for­eign press out­let. Sharif de­nied parts of the state­ment at­trib­uted to him, it said, adding that he was re­leased af­ter be­ing charged and pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The Al-Wasat daily con­firmed the re­lease with Sharif’s lawyer. Sharif, the for­mer sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Waed sec­u­lar as­so­ci­a­tion, spoke to for­eign press last week dur­ing a visit by Bri­tain’s Prince Charles to the Gulf king­dom. Author­i­ties in July freed Sharif af­ter he served a one-year jail term for an­tiregime in­cite­ment. He had al­ready served four years of a five-year sen­tence over the 2011 protests be­fore be­ing re­leased un­der a royal amnesty in June last year.

SEOUL: Po­lice block a sub­way exit dur­ing an anti-gov­ern­ment protest in cen­tral Seoul. — AFP

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