I was slightly surprised to read this almost throw away paragraph at the bottom of a story in The Times, which to my mind shows a very serious problem with granting temprary radio licenses and not checking up on them.
AN Islamic radio station has been broadcasting good-luck messages to some of Britain’s most dangerous terrorists.
Wellwishers were urged by extremist websites to use Radio Ramadan to send their messages of support to inmates at Belmarsh high-security prison in southeast London, including Abu Hamza al-Masri, the cleric serving seven years for inciting murder, and the failed 21/7 London bombers.
One extremist website, Islambase.co.uk, said in a forum that the “brothers in Belmarsh” had access to radios and listened to the station every night. A posting on the forum read: “The messages have been received in Belmarsh.”
Tariq Abbasi, who was responsible for the station, confirmed that messages were aired for inmates. He had a licence issued by Ofcom to broadcast from the Greenwich Islamic Centre in Plumstead during Ramadan, which ended six weeks ago.
So Ofcom grant a temprary license to a group, who then openly broadcast messages of support for terrorists to listen to in prison.
Isn't it nice to know Ofcom are doing their job ?