British Islamic TV channel fined 85,000 pounds for inciting violence
London: Britain`s broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has fined an Islamic television channel 85,000 pounds for inciting violence.
It ruled in December that Noor TV had breached broadcasting codes after a host said it was acceptable or even the duty of a Muslim to murder anyone who disrespected the Prophet Mohammed.
According to the BBC, Ofcom said the fine imposed now was so large due to the serious nature of the breaches, but did not revoke the channel`s licence.
The programme in question, Paigham-e-Mustafa, was broadcast on 3 May 2012.
Presenter Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami answered questions from viewers from around the world about a wide range of issues relating to Islam.
One caller asked what the punishment should be given to anyone who disrespected the Prophet Muhammad.
Nizami answered that `there is absolutely no doubt about it that the punishment for the person who shows disrespect for the Prophet is death.`
The watchdog also ordered to broadcast a statement of its findings and must not repeat the programme.
In its defence, the channel had said rather than inciting viewers to commit murder, the presenter was asking them "to take responsibility to become involved where they see disrespect to the Prophet," the report added.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Know the significance of Devshayani Ekadashi
- Punjab: Terrorists in Army uniform attack police station in Gurdaspur
- Mumbai blasts case: Maharashtra govt opposes Yakub Memon's mercy plea in SC
- Punjab: Gurdaspur gunbattle ends, all terrorists killed
- Grief stricken people shout slogans as Kalam's body carried out of hospital
- Politicos mourn death of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, hail him as 'Missile Man of India'
- SC to resume hearing on Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon's mercy plea on Tuesday
- FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA APJ ABDUL KALAM PASSES AWAY
- Lalu Prasad Yadav arrested as RJD bandh cripples life in Bihar
- Terrorists in Army uniform attack police station in Punjab's Gurdaspur; 3 killed