UK broadcaster Channel 5 has been forced to dump an episode of kid’s animation series Fireman Sam after a character appeared to tread on a page from the Qur’an.
A character carrying a tray of hot drinks slips after tripping on some paper on the floor of the fire station. Several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script.
HIT Entertainment, which produced the show, apologised “unreservedly” to viewers and cut ties with the Chinese animation studio responsible.
“It has been brought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam (Series 9, Episode 7), an image of the Qur’an 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,” it said in a statement.
“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. Again, we apologise unreservedly to our viewers.”
The programme first aired in October 2014 but the Qur’an was only recently spotted.
Source: The Guardian