Sheffield-based radio station Iman FM suspended over ‘terror talks’

A community radio station has been taken off air for broadcasting more than 25 hours of lectures by an alleged al-Qaeda leader.

Sheffield-based Iman FM had its licence suspended by Ofcom for playing the lectures by radical American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The regulator said parts of the material was “likely to encourage or incite crime or lead to disorder”.

Iman FM told Ofcom it was not aware of Awlaki’s background.

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Sheffield radio station Iman FM suspended for broadcasting ‘terrorist’s hate-speech’ during Ramadan

A Sheffield radio station has been taken off the air after broadcasting 25 hours of lectures “encouraging and condoning” violence towards non-Muslim people.

Ofcom began to investigate Iman FM after a listener complained that they had aired lectures encouraging violence and religious hatred during Ramadan.

Iman FM confirmed that they had broadcast 25 hours worth of lectures by the American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

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UK Muslim Radio Station Claims it Broadcast 25 Hours of Violent Al Qaeda Speeches ‘By Mistake’

A Sheffield-based Muslim radio station has had its license suspended after broadcasting 25 hours of sermons “encouraging and condoning” violence against non-Muslims.

Ofcom investigated Iman FM after a complaint that the radio station had, during Ramadan, aired lectures by Anwar Al-Awlaki, an influential cleric killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011.

The broadcasting watchdog said it had “serious concerns” over Iman FM’s decision to air the series of pre-recorded lectures by a “widely-known terrorist leader and al-Qaeda recruiter.”

The material “amounted to a direct call to action to members of the Muslim community to prepare for and carry out violent action against non-Muslim people,” according to Ofcom, which suspended the community radio station’s license and gave managers 21 days to explain themselves or have the channel shut down.

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Thanks for this to Albion for the ‘heads up, and Regular Reader for the link to the Star story, Rik.


9 thoughts on “Sheffield-based radio station Iman FM suspended over ‘terror talks’

  1. Will this be treated as a hate crime with the individuals responsible for running Iman FM questioned under caution?

    What has Muhbeen had to say?


  2. An act of utter responsibility by that radio station.
    When Anwar al-Awlaki’s rants are available all over the web ( ), how can a radio station broadcast something that they appear not to have even got round to listening to, by someone they know nothing about?

    …and this petition of theirs just does not help:

    How can they say:
    IMAN FM has been serving the diverse Muslim and wider community of Sheffield and Rotherham since October 2014 and as Radio Ramadan Sheffield since 2000. The purpose of serving the identified communities is not only to provide quality information that socially interacts the communities but to create community awareness – this is done by detailed researched discussions on the identified topics and this is delivered by the participation from the members of the identified communities. We always have been working for the community towards achieving our organisational mission statement “Equipping the generation towards a cohesive society”.
    I have no problem with Islam; I have been welcomed and treated well by the Muslim communities across the Middle East, the Maghreb, the Horn, and black Africa. … but this behaviour by a radio station does anger me, and sadly plays into the hands of the (n)utter Islamophobes.


      • RR It’s not the typo, but you saying you have no problem with Islam that bothers me. I would submit we have major problems in this country because of it. There’s been far too much leniency for these preachers of hate. Try asking the families of the murdered and terribly injured victims of the obscene atrocities in London and Manchester if they have a problem with it.


  3. Iman FM said it was “not aware of the background of the preacher and had no knowledge of him being proscribed by the United Nations”.

    Take a look at the individuals presenting, running and producing Iman FM, then Google Al-Awlaki, and would you believe that Iman FM did not know about this hate preacher?

    A bit like Rotherham council not being aware of 1400 children being abused in the town.

    Not one apology from Iman FM for the broadcast, no recognition of the potential harm their broadcast could lead to and no sensitivity to the victims and their families of the recent terrorist attacks.

    A question for Iman FM

    In the context of the recent terrorist attacks on innocent members of the public from our diverse community do you not feel any sense of shame for the broadcast?


  4. One well known signatory on the Change Org petition:
    Jahangir Akhtar
    Rotherham, United Kingdom
    Imam is a great community resource. Please re instate those licence so they can once again serve the people of South yorkshire


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