BBC criticised over comparison of Anjem Choudary with Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi

The BBC has been attacked for the “disgusting “ views of one of its most senior journalists after he compared hate preacher Anjem Choudary to Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.

Mark Easton, the corporation’s Home Editor, criticised Government plans to clamp down on fanatics and said extreme views were needed “to challenge very established values”.

He drew comparisons to the treatment of two of history’s greatest civil rights campaigners and a Churchill view on democracy.

He said Mandela and Gandhi had both been seen as extremists in their time and questioned what they would think of attempts to silence Choudary.

The comments sparked an immediate backlash with Mr Easton accused of making “ludicrous” comparisons and holding “disgusting” views.

Choudary claimed the two statesmen were “kuffar” or non-believers who were going to “hell-fire”…