BBC has to apologize after Stacey Dooley gestures one & # 39; ISIS greeting & # 39; calls
The BBC had to apologize after presenter Stacey Dooley gave a prayer gesture an & # 39; IS greeting & # 39; when she met British ISIS brides in a refugee camp.
The TV personality, 32, went to the al-Hawl camp in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria for her most recent documentary broadcast on BBC1 tonight.
A trailer for the Panorama special, which has now been edited, originally showed the Strictly star talking to different women behind a fence.
After talking to them for a while, the images show two of the women raising their fingers as they walk away.
The BBC had to apologize after Stacey Dooley IS a gesture with one finger (photo) an & # 39; IS greeting & # 39; after speaking with British IS brides at the al-Hawl Camp in Syria
Stacey & # 39; s voice then said: & # 39; When we left the camp, we saw women raise their forefingers in an IS greeting. & # 39;
Several people criticized Stacey's comment on Twitter and explained that Muslims often use the gesture while praying.
BBC journalist Anisa Subedar tweeted: "This issue raised by @OzKaterji and others must be addressed before #Panorama is broadcast tonight. Raising the finger is NOT an IS greeting.
"Does #StaceyDooley tell us that every time we pray, Muslims raise it (that is 5 times a day) to remind us of the unity of God? & # 39;
Journalist Oz Katerji said he would file a complaint with Ofcom about the incident and called it an & # 39; ignorant blunder & # 39; in one of these tweets.
The TV presenter, depicted on the women, asked them about IS and what they thought would happen to them now
The Panorama episode being broadcast tonight has now been edited to voice Stacey's & # 39; s salute to & # 39; IS salute & # 39; to delete. The presenter is shown during filming in Northern Syria
In another tweet, he said: & # 39; Such problems would not occur if the BBC hired more diverse news producers. & # 39;
Writer Steve Rose said: & # 39; Go to 1:35 to see how Stacey Dooley maintains this ignorant falsehood, referring to the raised finger of Tawhid as a & # 39; IS greeting & # 39;. & # 39;
The BBC told MailOnline that they have edited the clip online and the description will not appear in tonight's Panorama episode.
They said: & # 39; We have filmed a gesture of women filmed in a Kurdish controlled detention camp in northern Syria as a & # 39; IS salute & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Although IS has attempted to accept this for their own propaganda purposes, we should have been clear for accuracy that many people of Islamic faith use this gesture to indicate the unity of Allah.
Several people complained about the comment on Twitter and a writer said the belief that the gesture has a link to IS an & # 39; ignorant forgery & # 39; is
Journalist Anisa Subedar asked if Stacey Dooley knew that Muslims raise their fingers & # 39; every time we pray & & # 39;
During the documentary Stacey, ISIS still said & # 39; the power & # 39; the lives of women and young girls are beaten for wearing the niqab headscarf. People are depicted in the camp
& # 39; We apologize for this error and have removed this description from the images. & # 39;
The raised index finger is often used as a symbol of & # 39; tawhid & # 39 ;, the belief in the unity of God.
Although it has a religious connection, it has been used in propaganda by supporters of the Islamic State in recent years.
Historian Nathaniel Zelinsky called the gesture & # 39; ISIS & # 39; forefinger & # 39; and that it had become a sign of their cause in an article before Foreign Affairs.
Stacey & # 39; s latest documentary brings her a visit to the al-Hawl camp in Syria, where Shamima Begum once stayed.
During a conversation with the women, Stacey asked them about their support for ISIS and what they think they deserve & # 39;
Freelance journalist Oz Katerji said he had complained about Stacey Dooley's remark
He posted a series of tweets in which he said that he could escalate & # 39; the complaint to OFCOM & # 39; and said the BBC & # 39; more diverse news producers & # 39; should hire
Another clip in the trailer shows a woman raising her arm before performing the gesture with one finger
One of the women quickly answers to Stacey why she thinks she & # 39; deserves to live in Europe & # 39 ;, where the presenter said: & # 39; I have not turned my back on democracy & # 39 ;.
Two of the women seem agitated with one answering & who has turned their backs on & # 39; and another addition & # 39; we have not yet committed any decapitation or something like that & # 39 ;.
When Stacey said they had joined ISIS, the women refused to sue the group and said to the camera & # 39; s: & # 39; I support Islam. & # 39;
Stacey also discusses how a female guard was stabbed to death in the camp before the film crews arrived.
In one clip, she said ISIS is still exercising & # 39; power & # 39; about the lives of the women and that young girls are beaten for wearing the niqab headscarf.
Panorama: Stacey Meets the IS Brides is on BBC1 tonight.
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