West Midlands Police, anxious to build fences with the Muslim community following arrests of terrorist suspects, have accused Channel 4 of deceitful editing techniques in a recent documentary about Muslim fundamentalism in the area's mosques.
Channel 4's programme, entitled Dispatches, secretly filmed several Islamic preachers saying things like "Let's kill British soldiers", "Let's strap suicide belts to ourselves and blow people up" and "Death to non-believers". Politically correct bosses in the police force claim that these statements were shown "out of context" and have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute Channel 4 for stirring up racial hatred.
Muslim preachers at the mosques, who include several high-level community leaders who are advising the Government on inter-faith strategies, agree. Abdul Abul-bul told our reporter "When I said 'Death to non-believers' I meant that death comes to all of us, believers and non-believers."
The preacher added: "My colleague Imam Osama SonofSama didn't actually say 'Let's kill British soldiers'. He said 'Let's kill British and American soldiers.' So you see, he has been completely misquoted, too. As for the suicide belt comment, this was a comment by the High Imam of England that was mischievously changed by Channel 4. His High Imamness didn't say what he is quoted as having said. He actually said 'Let's find other people to strap suicide belts to themselves and blow people up.' I am very angry at Channel 4 for spreading false stories about our mosque."
A spokesman for Channel 4 said "Are you being serious?"
Meanwhile, the Government is getting ready for an apology and compensation.