Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV and Peace TV Urdu have been fined three lakh Pound (over Rs 2.75 crore) for broadcasting hate speech and inciting homicide by means of its broadcast in the UK. The effective has been imposed by UK’s media watchdog Ofcom which is the regulator for the communications companies within the nation.
Whereas Peace TV, owned by Lord Productions Restricted is fined 1 lakh Pound, Membership TV, which holds the licence of Peace TV Urdu, was fined 2 lakh Pound. Each Lord Productions Restricted and Membership TV have the corporate Common Broadcasting Company Restricted as their mother or father firm which is owned by Zakir Naik.
“Ofcom has right now fined the previous licence holders of Peace TV Urdu £200,000 and Peace TV £100,000 for breaking our broadcasting guidelines,” reads an announcement by UK media watchdog.
Based on Ofcom, their investigations discovered that programmes televised on Peace TV Urdu and Peace TV contained hate speech and extremely offensive content material, which in a single occasion was more likely to incite crime.
Ofcom acted in relation to a spiritual programme ‘Kitaab-ut-Tawheed’, telecast in July 2019, that mentioned ‘the Islamic punishment for magicians and people who apply magic’. Ofcom is of the opinion that the programme instigated homicide, “On this case, the potential for very severe hurt if this materials incited others have been clear”.
“We concluded that the content material represented severe failures of compliance with our broadcasting guidelines, which warranted fines. The previous licence holders, Membership TV and Lord Manufacturing should now pay £200,000 and £100,000 respectively to HM Paymaster Basic,” added the assertion by Ofcom.
After the ‘Kitaab-ut-Tawheed’ occasion, a Muslim cleric RV Syeedy was murdered allegedly for his involvement in such practices allegedly.
Ofcom had suspended Peace TV Urdu’s licence in November 2019. Membership TV was beforehand fined £65,000 by Ofcom for ‘hate speech violations’ in 2016.
Zakir Naik has been in Malaysia for the previous three years and the Indian authorities has lengthy been looking for his extradition on the costs of inciting communal disharmony and indulging in illegal actions in India. A proper request for his extradition has been despatched to the Malaysian authorities.
He was banned from coming into into the UK in 2010 as a consequence of his hate speeches.
(With inputs from Loveena Tandon in London)