Newsnight’s own-goal over Hizb ut-Tahrir

“On Tuesday, Newsnight broadcast a dreadfully unfair and muddled report by Richard Watson which purported to show that HT were in reality encouraging their members to acts of criminality and tried to associate them with the encouragement of violence. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth watching – it is online here – to see the John Ware/Martin Bright school of filmmaking in action: plenty of insinuation and innuendo about wrongdoing on the part of HT; a dearth of any substantive facts. It was followed by Jeremy Paxman’s interview with a representative of HT, Dr Abdul Wahid. Again, this is also worth watching, particularly for the quite understandable look of amazement on the HT rep’s face at the dire quality of the Newsnight report.”

Inayat Bunglawala at the Guardian‘s Comment is Free, 17 November 2006