Children programme Fireman Sam is embroiled in an Islamophobia row after it appeared to show a character treading on a page of the Koran.
UK TV Channel 4 has removed an episode of the show after viewers pointed out that papers of on the floor of the fire station contained a page from the Islamic holy book.
A character is seen trampling on the papers twice, and when the sheets fly into the air, at least one appears to be from the Koran.
Programme producer HIT Entertainment has apologised and has cancelled its contract with the Chinese animation studio that created the scenes.
Misdaad Versi, Assistant Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, wrote on social media ‘’ have no idea what went through the producers’ minds when they thought this was a good idea.”
HIT said in a statement ‘’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 sincerely regret this error.
“We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake.
“Also, 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.”