This BBC Asian Network Tweet Left Maajid Fuming

18 March 2017, 16:13

This BBC Asian Network Tweet Has Left Maajid Fuming

The official Twitter account for BBC Asian Network tweeted a question about Facebook's upcoming trip to Pakistan - what it was left Maajid fuming.

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The official Twitter account for BBC Asian Network tweeted a question about Facebook's upcoming trip to Pakistan - what it was left Maajid fuming.

Facebook has been asked by the Government of Pakistan to meet with them regarding reservations about content on the social media site.

Earlier this week Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif voiced his support for a wide-ranging crackdown on blasphemous content on social media.

Blasphemy is something that is seen as a huge issue in the country, and in a statement on his party's official Twitter account, the Prime Minister described blasphemy as an "unpardonable offence".

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar reiterated the Government's concern around blasphemy.

He is quoted in the Dawn newspaper as saying: "Facebook and other service providers should share all information about the people behind this blasphemous content with us."

Following this news, on Friday BBC Asian Network tweeted: "What is the right punishment for blasphemy?"

The tweet left Maajid Nawaz absolutely fuming - in this clip he explains why.  

The BBC has since apologised for the phrasing of the tweet on Twitter. The BBC Asian Network account tweeted: "Apologies for poorly worded question from #AsianNetwork yday. Q was in context of Pak asking FB to help we shd have made that clear 1/2. (sic)

"We never intend to imply Blasphemy should be punished. Provocative question that it got wrong 2/2." 

BBC Asian Network Apology

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