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Channel 4’s Cathy Newman Was Not “Ushered Onto the Street” During “Visit My Mosque Day”

By Jessica Elgot, Huffington Post

Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman has apologised after CCTV footage obtained by The Huffington Post UK appeared to contradict her claim that she was “ushered out of the door” of a London mosque on the weekend.

The South London Islamic Centre, where Newman claims she was turned away despite turning up wearing a headscarf, says surveillance video shows the reporter arriving at the mosque, being directed by a male congregant, but leaving alone through the courtyard.

Newman sparked a social media firestorm after tweeting she was “ushered onto the street” during ‘Visit My Mosque Day’ which the mosque said provoked threatening voicemails which it has reported to police.

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Footage from inside the mosque of the Channel 4 presenter arriving
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The man in the striped jumper (circled) can be seen in a brief exchange with Newman inside the mosque but does not follow her

Cathy Newman leaving South London Islamic Centre alone
But the mosque, which initially apologised, claims Newman’s story is “not correct” and Newman has now apologised for any “misunderstanding”.

After Newman tweeted that she had been “ushered out of the door”, the story was covered by the national media, including the Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent and The Huffington Post.

It later emerged Newman had actually gone to the wrong location, and her Channel 4 colleagues were waiting for her 15 minutes away at a mosque that was taking part in the open day.

The CCTV clips show the journalist entering the mosque and beginning to take off her shoes while having a very brief conversation with a congregant in the lobby. The man gestures several times to the left, pointing her in a specific direction. She puts her shoe back on, and leaves alone, walking through the courtyard. The entire encounter lasts just seconds.

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  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    People feel comfortable with lies otherwise we wouldn’t be buying brake pads made in India marked “Guaranteed” on them.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Visiting Mosques can have a spiritual impact on certain people. They may not convert to Islam but be moved spiritually to see Islam as a spiritual religion.

    The reason more people in the West are turning towards Wiccanism, Paganism and Buddhism is because and unfortunately Christianity has lost it’s spirituality. Only the Orthodox Church and Gnosticism offer spiritual growth and we are at war with Russia and the Gnostics were declared heretics by the Catholic Church some 1900 yrs ago.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Well obviously the discrepancy between the 720 comments on the MailOnline and 20 comments on the Daily Mail is due to the fact that no one like what Neil Sears has to say. Plus I’ve been permanently banned from Daily Mail and the NSA hunchbacks following me have no reason to visit the DM zone.

  • cmyfe .

    A mosque should alway be “open”.

  • Trimmercastle42

    The sad part is, people actually believe she was “Ushered out the door” and refuse to believe the correction.

    In this day and age of mass communication and social mobility, its pretty disgusting that people choose to believe falsehood and lies.

  • Trimmercastle42

    Honestly, I don’t care what morons on youtube say. This is the same site that goes insane when religion is mentioned in a video.

    I think the severity of the comments is due to the large amounts of people from sites like stormfront and jihadwatch trying to be relevant again.

  • Yausari

    Yeah, but it’s a bit different this time. If you read from day 1… well, you can guess, but the result is worse than you expected. They have adapted to fox news level of inteligence

  • Reynardine

    For the first time in your life, feel really clean…

  • Jekyll

    I think she was ushered out by Brian Williams

  • Trimmercastle42

    As they say: “Never let facts get in the way of a good story”

  • Trimmercastle42

    >”I just scrolled through its comment section and ugh… DON’T DO IT!”

    What do you expect, its youtube. That’s the place where human intelligence goes to die.

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  • Dr.S

    ‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on’.Winston Churchill

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  • Yausari

    Bobby Jindal Warns Of Muslim Invasion In USA

  • Just_Stopping_By

    One reason would be to make it clearer to non-Muslims that visitors are welcome. A lot of people don’t feel comfortable just showing up at another group’s “private” place without an invitation. And you probably wouldn’t want others showing up when you are particularly busy. A “formal” open day could be as simple as a listing of visiting hours on a webpage and at the entrance to the mosque for those not participating in worship.

    It’s also not always clear whether there are conditions for visiting. For example, when I went to an event at the Park51 (“Ground Zero”) Mosque/Islamic Center, I had my name on a list in advance and they checked me in when I arrived. I expect the same at certain synagogues or Jewish institutions, while at others I would expect to just be able to show up and wander around unescorted. Since visitors don’t know what to expect, it may make it easier to give them a bit of a formal process, even if completely unenforced, so that they feel comfortable that they are following the rules and not being rude or intrusive when they should not be visiting.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    A fair point.

  • To have knowledgeable people to answer any questions the visitors may have.

  • Reynardine

    And why such a filthy piling onto one group, on both sides of the Pond? What the Hell is the Anglophonic world being primed for?

  • HSkol

    An outreach day would make sense – PR. However, I agree, I think most mosques are open to anyone who wishes to visit, talk, learn . . .

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Why does a Mosque even need a “formal” open day?

  • Every mosque should be having a formal open day at least a month if not a week.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    It later emerged Newman had actually gone to the wrong location, and her Channel 4 colleagues were waiting for her 15 minutes away at a mosque that was taking part in the open day.
    Surely everyday should be an open day for a Mosque? And surely a journalist would be able to know the difference between being “ushered out” by someone else and ushering themselves out?

  • mindy1

    Why is hate so easy to believe?

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