Discovery Communications India and the Catholic Secular Forum have locked horns over a documentary, ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus’, with the former sending a legal notice to the Forum following their erroneous reports to the press regarding the documentary.
The Catholic Secular Forum has been creating a stir over the issue for the past couple of days. The Forum has claimed that they withdrew their protests following an apology from Discovery Communications, whereby the channel expressed regret (through a letter) for inadvertently hurting the religious sentiments of the Christian community.
However, Discovery has clarified that it had never scheduled the telecast of the documentary in India in the first place, as was evident from its monthly press kit, the quarterly programme guide as well as on its website. Thus, according to the channel, the question of withdrawing the documentary didn’t arise.
Discovery also put to rest the concern expressed by the Catholic Secular Forum in its letter to the channel about the release of the book and the DVD in the country. The channel made it clear that it had not produced, published or distributed any DVD or books relating to the documentary.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Secular Forum had also alleged that the channel was looking to get publicity and commercial gain by airing the documentary.