Hindi Channel Fined in the UK for Broadcasting Hate Speech

The United Kingdom’s communications regulator Ofcom, has fined Hindi channel Republic Bharat citing hate speech against Pakistani people.

The United Kingdom’s communications regulator Ofcom, has fined Hindi channel Republic Bharat citing hate speech against Pakistani people. 

“Ofcom has imposed a £20,000 fine on Worldview Media Network Limited in relation to its service, Republic Bharat, for failing to comply with our broadcasting rules,” the regulator said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The regulator added that they found the program containing “uncontextualised hate speech.”

Some guests in the show, speaking about Pakistani people, said, “their scientists, doctors, their leaders, politicians all are terrorists. Even their sports people,” as well as “every child is a terrorist over there. Every child is a terrorist. You are dealing with a terrorist entity.”

The presenter Arnab Goswami was also found to make derogatory remarks. Part of the regulator’s decision reads, “In the context of these criticisms, the presenter, addressing Pakistan and/or Pakistani people, said: “We make scientists, you make terrorists.”

“We considered these statements to be expressions of hatred based on intolerance of Pakistani people based on their nationality alone, and that the broadcast of these statements spread, incited, promoted and justified such intolerance towards Pakistani people among viewers,” Ofcom said. 

The regulator has also banned said show from airing in the UK.


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