Producers Handbook

Abusive Treatment of Religious Views & Beliefs

The abusive treatment of people's religious views and beliefs must be avoided.

Programmes which, deliberately or otherwise, undermine, ridicule or disparage the views and beliefs of particular religions are prohibited. This rule would not prevent programmes from questioning or even making critical or negative comments about certain aspects of religion, for example about the interpretation of religious doctrine, as long as the subject matter was handled responsibly and the programme or item was fair and appropriately balanced. However, any programme containing such material must be referred at an early stage to the programme lawyer for advice.