UK Fines Oyakhilome's TV Channel For Broadcasting Inaccuracies About COVID - 19 - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

UK Fines Oyakhilome's TV Channel For Broadcasting Inaccuracies About COVID - 19


The Daily Crucible

United Kingdom through the Office of Communications better known as Ofcom, has penalized religious television channel, Loveworld, owned by Nigerian Preacher, Dr. Chris Oyakhilome.

The channel was deemed to have transmitted unwholesome materials about COVID-19 to UK viewers.

The alleged unwholesome materials were aired on December 1, 2020 in Loveworl 29-hour programme christened the Global Day of Prayer.

While the airing of the programme lasted, many unsubstantiated claims were made about the COVID-19.

Flamboyant Oyakhilome heads Christ Embassy church  with its Headquarters located in Lagos and has remained relentless in encouraging his flocks to ignore COVID-19 protocols.

Ofcom in a statement said that the station was fined £125,000 (N65.6m) for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19

Ofcom noted that claims in the programme included the notion that the the Coronavirus outbreak was ‘planned,’ and that the ‘sinister’ vaccine can be used to implant ‘nanochips.’

It also noted the programme claimed further that the alleged chips if planted via the vaccine could control and cause harm to members of the public.

Ofcom said it was unfortunate that the station could continue to spread such information despite previous warnings.

“Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.

“Ofcom stresses that legitimate debate about the official response to the coronavirus pandemic is fundamental to holding public authorities to account during a global health crisis - particularly when public freedoms are curtailed and complex policy decisions are being taken.

“However, the inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this  programme were unsupported by any factual evidence  and  went entirely  without challenge. Ofcom was particularly concerned that this breach followed previous, similar breaches in 2020 during the investigation of which, Loveworld Limited gave Ofcom a number of assurances as to how it would improve its compliance procedures.”

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