Baroness Warsi condemned the amount of coverage given to Choudary and other militant Islamists on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 News.
The BBC was criticised for offering the radical preacher a slot on last night’s Newsnight programme on BBC2, in a decision branded ‘idiotic’, ‘irresponsible’ and ‘insensitive’.
The corporation has earlier released footage of Michael Adebolajo standing behind Choudary at a 2007 demonstration.
Baroness Warsi said: \”We all have a responsibility, including the media, not to give airtime to extremist voices – idiots and nutters who speak for no one but themselves.
Nutters beheading people in the streets is obviously bad. Those who spout the rhetoric that leads to such is similarly bad.
But neither hold a candle to politicians telling people who may or may not be featured in the media. We have this idea of a free press for a reason, see. Politicians were responsible, are responsible, for far more deaths than the occasional drummer boy vilely executed in public.
I\’ve said this before and no doubt I\’ll have to keep on saying it. Islamic militants are a danger to us each individually. But the danger to us as a whole, as a society, is in what the reaction to such nutters might be from the powers that be.