Begum is said to have given investigative journalist Josh Baker a detailed account of “what really happened” after she was discovered in Syria with the Islamic State, four years after leaving her home in London. The British government has revoked her citizenship, which she is fighting. Many social media users have taken to Twitter to condemn the announcement from the broadcasting company.
GB NewsOne user questioned: “Why are they peddling her [Shamima Begum’s] propaganda?” Another said: “BBC launches the Shamima Begum podcast in order to garner sympathy for the ISIS monster. This is what BBC spends licence-payers’ money on.” A further user added: “You’ve completely lost the plot!”
Speaking on the upcoming series, investigative journalist Baker said:There are two different ways to tell the Shamima Begum story.
“There’s the one about a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was groomed and lured to a war zone by ISIS and now needs saving from a Syrian detention camp. “And there’s the one about a traitor, who fled Britain to join ISIS and became known the world over as a terrorist and must be stopped from coming back to Britain.
The Shamima Begum Story, from BBC Radio 5 live, will be available on Wednesday 11 January and will also broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 4 from the same date.