MBC increases security after receiving terror threat from Daesh

Terrorist group Daesh threatens broadcaster MBC over its series Black Crows
MBC's TV show 'Black Crows', is a drama series about the life of women and children under Daesh.
MBC's TV show 'Black Crows', is a drama series about the life of women and children under Daesh.


Dubai-based broadcaster MBC Group has stepped up security at its bases Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Riyadh and Jeddah following a threats issued by jihadist group Daesh.

MBC Group’s Director of TV, Ali Jaber, said the threats were issued over the network's new series, ‘Black Crows’, a drama series about the life of women and children under Daesh.

Set Raqqa in Syria, the so-called capital for Daesh, the show looks to expose the life there, what they preach and what they practice in reality.

Speaking to US public radio network NPR, Jaber said the show, which he said was born out of the “need to be relevant”, has resulted in numerous threats issued by the group to the station.

We've heard a lot from ISIS about this series in terms of threats that we are receiving every day. I am personally receiving a lot of threats,” Al Jaber said.

“We have increased security around our bases in Dubai and in Beirut, in Cairo and in Riyadh and in Jeddah. And this is what we can do.

“We are fighting against very formidable enemy because they are using the words of God and they are using the basic instincts of people to lure sympathisers and to lure soldiers. And this is dangerous. And somebody has got to really stand up and say something against this.”

In order to stay as true to real life as possible, he said the show’s writer and the researcher interviewed people who have come back from Raqqa in Syria, and based all of the drama series on these stories. The show includes child soldiers being trained to kill people.

“I think ISIS(Daesh) did not come out from emptiness. It came out from some of the wrong religious teachings that have been going on in our societies for a very long time,” Jaber said.

“I've always maintained that ISIS is not only an organisation. It's an idea; it's a narrative. And you don't bomb an idea. You fight an idea with a more progressive, more compelling idea.”

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