National

U.K. media watchdog fines Zakir Naik’s Peace TV 300,000 pounds for ‘hate speech’

Zakir Naik

Zakir Naik  

“Our investigations found that programmes broadcast on Peace TV Urdu and Peace TV contained hate speech and highly offensive content, which in one instance was likely to incite crime,” it said.

U.K.’s media watchdog Ofcom has fined controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV network 3,00,000 pounds for broadcasting “hate speech” and “highly offensive” content in the country.

The London-based regulator for the communications services in the U.K. has fined licence holders of Peace TV Urdu 2,00,000 pounds and Peace TV 1,00,000 pounds for breaking its broadcasting rules.

“Our investigations found that programmes broadcast on Peace TV Urdu and Peace TV contained hate speech and highly offensive content, which in one instance was likely to incite crime,” it said.

“We concluded that the content represented serious failures of compliance with our broadcasting rules, which warranted fines. Ofcom has today fined the former licence holders of Peace TV Urdu 2,00,000 pounds and Peace TV 1,00,000 pounds for breaking our broadcasting rules,” Ofcom said in a statement.

Peace TV is owned by Lord Productions Limited, and Club TV holds the licence of Peace TV Urdu. Both have Universal Broadcasting Corporation Limited as their parent company which is owned by Mr. Naik, a 54-year-old televangelist and Islamic preacher from Mumbai.

 

“The former licence holders, Club TV and Lord Production must now pay 2,00,000 pounds and 1,00,000 pounds respectively to HM Paymaster General,” the statement, issued early this month, said.

Peace TV is a nonprofit satellite television network broadcasting free-to-air programs in English, Bengali and Urdu languages from Dubai. The founder and president of Peace TV is Mr. Naik.

The controversial preacher has been wanted in India for money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.

 

Last week, India made a formal request to the Malaysian government for his extradition.

He was banned from entering into the U.K. in 2010 due to his “unacceptable behaviour”.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 29, 2020 12:26:25 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/uk-media-watchdog-fines-zakir-naiks-peace-tv-300000-pounds-for-hate-speech/article31607581.ece

Next Story