The news that Ofcom has cleared Channel 4 entirely leaves West Midlands Police with several questions to answer including who decided to shift the focus of the investigation away from the preachers and onto the program makers and who authorised the complaint to Ofcom? Those in the West Midlands force responsible for this gross waste of police time and this cack-handed attempt to silence independent journalism need to be held to account. While what the preachers said might not have been criminal it was certainly hateful and Channel 4 had an entirely legitimate right to expose them. The reaction of West Midlands Police revealed a mindset that views the exposure of a problem as more of a problem than the problem itself.
In a summer where TV fakery so dominated the news many will have been inclined to think the worse when they heard of the police’s unhappiness. Much credit must go to Channel 4 for standing up for itself and to Paul Goodman, the shadow minister for Community Cohesion, who pursued this issue relentlessly.