Sunday, September 28, 2008

BBC Self-Censors

I read this at the JPost:

London police said they arrested three men under the Terrorism Act early Saturday. The arrests were near the home of the publisher of a forthcoming book about the Prophet Muhammad.

And sure enough, it is also reported at BBC, but with one major difference:-

Three men held under terror act

The men, aged 40, 22 and 30 have been taken to Paddington Green police station where they remain in custody.

They were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

It is thought that the men were suspected of attempting to set fire to a publishers in Islington, north London, the BBC understands.
A small fire was put out at a property in Lonsdale Square.

Two of the men were stopped by armed officers and arrested in the street and the third was stopped in a car at 0225 GMT on Saturday.

The men were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command in a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation.

Two men were arrested outside a property in Lonsdale Square, and the third following an armed vehicle stop near Angel Tube station on Upper Street.

Police are searching four properties in Walthamstow, Ilford and Forest Gate.

That's right - no Muhammed.

Where did the Islamic connection go?


The London Times is more forthright:-

SCOTLAND YARD’S counter-terrorist command yesterday foiled an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to kill the publisher of a forthcoming novel featuring sexual encounters between the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride. Early yesterday
armed undercover officers arrested three men after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the north London home of the book’s publisher. The Metropolitan police said the target of the assassination plot, the Dutch publisher Martin Rynja, had not been injured.
Thanks for a private press.

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