Asian TV channel fined for broadcasting radical Islamist speech in UK
London: An Asian TV channel based in England has been given a penalty of 85,000 pounds for showing a speech where an Islamic leader said Muslims had `a duty to kill` anyone who offended the Prophet Muhammad.
According to BBC, the media regulator, Ofcom had responded by saying that the programme was likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime, giving orders that the programme must not be broadcast again.
The report said that the comments were made during a live lecture shown on DM Digital`s Rehmatul Lil Alameen, broadcast in October 2011.
The station accepted that it had breached the broadcasting code, but argued that it had not been deliberate and an apology was issued the following day, after tightening up editorial guidelines and dismissing those responsible for the content, the report added.
The report further said that in a separate case, the channel had been fined 20,000 pounds over its coverage of the Pakistan Overseas Alliance Forum Conference the same year, which Ofcom said offered a one-sided view of political violence in Karachi.
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