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TV Firm apologises after cartoon character stepping on a page from the Koran sparked outrage

Britain's Channel 5 TV Network has pulled down a cartoon known as  'Fireman Sam' after it showed a character appearing to tread on a page from the Koran. The TV channel has said it had no plans to air it on TV again after receiving backlash from Islamic faithfuls.


The character, called Elvis, slips on some paper on the floor of the fire station in the kids’ animation hit while carrying a tray of hot drinks and several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script, then Elvis now steps on the paper covered with the script that resembles texts from the Holy Koran.
The episode, called Troubled Waters, was last shown on TV on June 28 and HIT Entertainment, which produced the cartoon, apologised “unreservedly” to viewers.
The firm, which produces Bob the Builder, Pingu and Thomas the Tank Engine, said it had cut ties with the animation company responsible for the mistake.
A spokeswoman for HIT Entertainment said: “It has been brought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam an image of the Koran is briefly depicted.
“The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offence it may have caused.”
“We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake.
“In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again.”
Source: The Sun UK
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