The BBC called a Muslim gesture of raising an index finger an ISIS “salute.” The description was made in a Panorama documentary about ISIS brides titled, “Stacey Dooley Meets the IS Brides.”
“This gesture, though used by Islamic State fighters in the past, refers to the belief in the oneness of God, which is a key component of the Muslim religion,” the Telegraph explained. “It is widely used by Muslims around the world.”
iMediaEthics asked the BBC how the error occurred; the BBC declined to comment on the record.
A clip of the program featuring the error was aired Aug. 4, and the description will be removed from further broadcasts of the program, according to the Telegraph.
In a story on its own website about the error, the BBC said it deleted any inaccurate descriptions from videos and apologized. The BBC provided iMediaEthics with the same statement, saying:
“We wrongly described a gesture made by women filmed in a Kurdish controlled detention camp in northern Syria as an ‘IS salute.’ While IS have attempted to adopt this for their own propaganda purposes, for accuracy we should have been clear that many people of Muslim faith use this gesture to signify the oneness of Allah. We apologise for this error and have removed this description from the footage.”
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