Chowdhury Mueen Udin – Apology
20 January 2017: 5 live Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 5 live, 25 August 2016
During the BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast programme on 25 August 2016, in an interview with Omer el-Hamdoon, Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, we suggested that Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin had called for the lynching of Salman Rushdie.
The BBC has been asked by Mr Mueen-Uddin to make clear, and it accepts, that while like many Muslims he found the Satanic Verses highly offensive to Muslims and their faith, at no stage did he advocate for or campaign for Mr Rushdie to be lynched or in any way harmed.
The BBC apologises to Mr Mueen-Uddin for the distress and damage this statement caused him.