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Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of Islam: The Untold Story documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened

Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of a controversial documentary on the history of Islam after its presenter was threatened.

Islam: The Untold Story received around 1,200 complaints when it was first broadcast at the end of August, with presenter Tom Holland receiving numerous furious messages on Twitter.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “Having taken security advice, we have reluctantly cancelled a planned screening of the programme Islam: The Untold Story. We remain extremely proud of the film which is still available to view on 4oD.”

Islam: The Untold Story investigated the origins of the religion, claiming there was little written evidence about the Prophet Mohammed and questioning the authenticity of many of the stories in the Koran.

It examined claims that rather than Islam's doctrine emerging fully-formed in a single text, the religion instead developed gradually over many years with the expansion of Arabic empires.

Despite Channel 4’s statement, those attempting to watch the documentary on 4OD were met with an error message.

Tom Holland, a historian who wrote the best sellers Rubicon and Persian Fire defended the documentary, saying Islam is “a legitimate subject of historical inquiry”.

The was much criticism however, with Iranian State media calling it an insult to Islam and the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) accusing Holland making “baseless assumptions” and engaging in “selective scholarship”.

Holland himself received countless angry message on Twitter, with some of them personally threatening.

One message sent to him read: “You might be a target in the streets. You may recruit some bodyguards, for your own safety.”

Channel 4 subsequently sought security advice and a decision to pull a repeat screening of the documentary this Thursday was taken.

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  • ... and freedom of speech keeps backing down...

    Soon, free men will not be free!

    "...as we watched the tyrants take our freedoms, WE DID NOTHING"! Is that what you want to tell your grandchildren?

    Take a stand, put foot to ass and speak up.
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  • Pathetic decision...

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  • Fuck the muslim shit. Show your film and let the fucking muslim shit eat pork.

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  • An other nail on the coffin!
    Islam sucks and majority of muslims are very dangerous.

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  • Islam has the exact characteristics of a cult , so
    if it walks like a pig
    squeals like a pig
    taste like a pig

    it must be islam

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    • @Pugnator well said , and i am not afraid , Nor should anyone else , there are not with any powers except the ones there own cult followers give them , and at the end of the day it is a cult that was so over looked many years ago

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    • @Pugnator All religions are cults unsupported by facts and evidence with the followers blindly following because they have been taught what to think not how to think. A very sad part of our society that hold back the progress of mankind and humanism

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    • @Truth First Absolutely. It's just that the other religions don't want to kill those who do not agree.

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  • Blimey-does this mean LL's owners,server and moderators are gonna get death threats too?

    Islam is a cancer slowly infecting the world.

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  • Death to islam.

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  • It was BBC4 they have great documentaries.
    It's scary watching governments knuckle under when every the Islamism
    comes knocking. Soon everyone will be there bitches.

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  • WE used to command them with balls of steel. Remember Pershing? We need men to be like him today. Fight these people in a way that will make them realize their place in this world.

    We used the big bombs on the wrong people. Japan is at least a country of civilized intelligent people. Should've glassed the deserts instead.

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  • "Religion Of Peace" made a threat ?!
    ⊙_⊙
    More like "Religion Of Piece" (Of Shit)

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  • I can see why there have been man/boy tantrums, their pretend friends are a little vague, whood a thunk it.

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  • haha mujies are pissed so what is new

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  • The cavecunt religion of peace, backward goat shaggers.

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  • Yet again Islam gets bowed down to after their violent threats. Fucking scum never want evryone to see what murdering, peado, scummy camel shagging scum they all really are.

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  • It's good to see that we will stop a film because religious folks stand up......oh but not Christianity....screw them. Talk about a double standard. Pick and choose which religions you give precedence. Tells you who they bow down to. Media is controlled by liberals and foreign countries......what are you afraid of.....you got Family Guy, South Park, and every other show making fun of religion....why not Islam?

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    • @tymatthews great so go burn an American embassy & kill like a 3 year old having a tantrum, with guns.

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    • @tymatthews

      Most Christians are smart and realistic enough to know that they have to share the world with people who do not share their beliefs, or have beliefs diametrically opposed to Chrisitanity.

      Islam, only 1500 years old (compared to Christianity's 2000 and the thousands of years of Judaism) simply has not matured to the point where all Muslims can accept that there will be other beliefs, and that people will not be kept from expressing them.

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    • @tymatthews We are cowtowing to the threats of simpletons. Question all religions and all leaders.

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  • What channel 4? Who's channel 4?

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  • wasn't to bad o fa film man

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  • I want to know where he gets his information from. I mean if what he is saying is so revolutionary and shocking there should be some evidence he has right? Just would like to see where it comes from and I will make my own opinion after that

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    • @Blklight - What you need to do is take what Tom Holland say’s for face value. And if you question his research on islam , do your own research and deduce your own opinion as to whether what he say’s is utter bs , or he speaks the truth.

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    • @Pugnator

      Yeah that's what I want to know, where did he do his research? What information does he have that the rest of us don't know about? I'm not taking shit at face value which is why I said I will see what he says and then form my opinion afterwards.

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  • it is a cancer and so glad someone told the right story the real story Its just like today how they take from the ones that give them saftey as they say they need it , they take it 10 folds as to how people need to allow them to pratice there cult and this is one extreem cult that was overlooked , they say they are gods children then why all the lies , not just back then , but today , look at border security they act so inniocent and yet there liars , and the way the More..

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  • The media in the UK are controlled by the government, all of them, all the time. This film would cause a section of the muslim minority (because that is what they are, a very small minority) to get uppity and excitable and possibly end up calling Channel 4 biased or racist or whatever and therefore cause Channel 4 to fall from its multicultural liberal pedestal. The government is terrified of these people. It doesn't know what they will decide to find offensive next and doesn't know when they ar More..

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  • It's a very good documentary but religion is always anti-thought.
    So I can see how people feel butt hurt when people try and show that
    religious oral history does not match the facts.

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  • WELL DONE TOM!

    Screw Channelm 4 - they had a Muslim read the CHRISTMAS DAY message a ew years back.

    Cosying up to the barbarians only brings death to your door. I am not sorry for you.

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  • Thanks for the upload! Channel 4 limits viewers from outside the UK.

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