I don’t know. I wasn’t all that interested in hearing him, but I am interested in hearing the questions posed. Oh hell, here’s the feedback link and a message from the editor:
[quote]We’ve had a number of e-mails complaining of our decision to put your calls to freed Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg on today’s programme.
Here’s a sample of some of the complaints:
"Why is the BBC giving a self confessed Al Qaeda supporter/activist/terrorist a platform to spread their propaganda and lies ?"
"Perhaps if they'd crashed a few plains (sic) into buildings in your country you would feel different. You should stop trying to defend these people and start looking at everything they've done and are doing to harm people."
"It is quite incredible that the BBC should give you a platform to propagate your extremist viewpoints"
There are a number of points to deal with here. Firstly, we’re not giving him a “platform” any more than we give anyone else a platform. He’s been invited on to the programme to answer YOUR questions and so far, there are hundreds of them. Secondly, Moazzam Begg has not been found guilty of anything. No charges have been brought, he’s faced no trial and is not therefore, in the eyes of the law, a criminal or a terrorist.
Thirdly, I believe Mr Begg’s experiences are important to hear about (and judging by the massive response you think this too whatever you think of him personally) given the ongoing news story surrounding the use of Guantanamo Bay and what the US calls the “war on terror”. Many of you have e-mailed to say that you instinctively disagree with him, but you want to hear his views. [/quote]
And here are the emailed-in questions.