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Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s ‘Peace TV’ fined a huge amount for ‘hate speech, highly offensive’ content

Peace TV owned by the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, currently absconding from India, have been fined Rs 2.75 crore or £ 300,000 in the United Kingdom.

The fine has been levied by UK media watchdog, Ofcom, for broadcasting hate speech and repeatedly inciting murder through the channels.

The UK communications services regulator fined the holding company of Peace TV, Lord Communications, a total of £1 lakh while Club TV which owns Peace TV Urdu was slapped with a penalty of £2 lakh.

“Ofcom has today fined the former licence holders of Peace TV Urdu £200,000 and Peace TV £100,000 for breaking our broadcasting rules,” a statement by the UK media watchdog read.

“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 added.

The Islamic televangelist who is wanted in both India and Bangladesh on financial and terror-related charges has sought refuge in Malaysia. He was accused by authorities there of trying to break the harmony and spreading against the local communities there.


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