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Broadcasting: Religion

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Channel 4’s decision to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every day during the month of Ramadan, and of the effect this may have on community relations in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Programming decisions are ultimately a matter for Channel 4 and its regulator. I would observe that Channel 4 has a long history of alternative programming.

Freedom of worship is an important British liberty, and we should show respect to all faiths, especially during their festivals. Religious practices of many faiths are featured in the media from time to time, and there is a long tradition of religious tolerance in this country.

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