The controversial preacher has been wanted in India for money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He left India in 2016 and later moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.
PTI , Updated: 17 May 2020, 12:10:15 pm
UK media watchdog Ofcom has fined controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV network £300,000 for broadcasting “hate speech” and “highly objectionable” content in the country. (photo credit: News Nation)
UK media watchdog Ofcom has fined controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV network £300,000 for broadcasting “hate speech” and “highly objectionable” content in the country. The London-based regulator for communications services in the UK has fined Peace TV Urdu license holders £200,000 and Peace TV’s £100,000 for breaking broadcast rules.
“Our investigation found that the programs aired on Peace TV Urdu and Peace TV contained hate speech and highly objectionable material, which in one instance was likely to incite crime,” it said. “We concluded that the content represented serious failures of compliance with our broadcast regulations, which required the imposition of a fine.
Ofcom has today fined the former license holders of Peace TV Urdu £200,000 and Peace TV £100,000 for breaking our broadcasting rules.” Peace TV is owned by Lord Productions Limited, and Club TV is owned by Peace TV. Urdu both have Universal Broadcasting Corporation Limited as their parent company, owned by 54-year-old televangelist and Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Naik.
“The former license holders, Club TV and Lord Productions, will now have to pay £200,000 and £100,000, respectively, to HM Paymaster General,” the statement said earlier this month. Peace TV is a non-profit satellite television network that broadcasts free-to-air programs in English, Bengali and Urdu languages from Dubai. Naik is the founder and chairman of Peace TV.
The controversial preacher has been wanted in India for inciting extremism through money laundering and hate speech. He left India in 2016 and later 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 the UK in 2010 due to his “unacceptable behaviour”.
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First published: 17 May 2020, 12:10:15 pm