Earlier this week, Stacey appeared in a special episode of Panorama titled Stacey Meets The IS Brides, in which she visited a camp in northern Syria, to interview women who had left their home countries to join the self-described Islamic State.
However, a preview clip for the documentary came under fire the day of its release, in which she was heard referring to some women’s Muslim prayer gesture as an “IS salute”.
While the scene in question was removed from the final documentary, the show itself has still proved controversial, with the BBC posting a statement on Twitter in which they’ve stuck up for Stacey.
Linking to a story written about Janet Street-Porter’s reaction to the documentary, they wrote: “It’s disappointing that criticism has focused on Stacey; every programme is a team effort, so the mistake wasn’t her responsibility. Stacey’s a fantastic and experienced film maker who brings new audiences to hard-hitting and sensitive documentaries.
“As we made clear yesterday, the BBC made a mistake by not pointing out the wider context of a gesture which has been adopted by IS for propaganda purposes, and we apologised.”
Stacey is yet to respond to the controversy directly.
Originally known for her BBC documentary series Stacey Dooley Investigates, which has tackled issues including domestic violence, drug trafficking and sustainable fashion, Stacey won a new legion of fans last year when she took part in Strictly Come Dancing.