£40k fine for TV channel that broadcast antisemitic content
Ofcom has yesterday imposed a £40,000 financial penalty on Islam Channel Ltd for serious and repeated breaches of our broadcasting rules.
Islam Channel is an English-language satellite TV station airing religious instruction, current affairs, documentaries and entertainment programmes from an Islamic perspective.
Our investigation found The Andinia Plan, a one-hour documentary that examined a conspiracy theory which originated in a neo-Nazi publication, amounted to hate speech against Jewish people. This antisemitic content was also highly offensive and not sufficiently justified by the context.
We concluded that these were serious and repeated breaches of our rules which warranted the imposition of the following statutory sanctions: a financial penalty, to be paid by Islam Channel Ltd to HM Paymaster General; a direction not to repeat the programme; and a direction to broadcast a statement of our findings on a date and in a form to be determined by Ofcom.
Latest News from
Ofcom proposes updated guidance for telecoms network resilience08/12/2023 12:20:00
Ofcom has today proposed to update its resilience guidance to provide greater clarity on how UK telecoms companies can reduce the risk of network outages.
Customers’ experiences of different parcel firms revealed07/12/2023 16:20:00
People who receive parcels are experiencing substantially different levels of satisfaction depending on which parcel company delivers their package, according to new research published today by Ofcom.
Implementing the Online Safety Act: Protecting children from online pornography05/12/2023 13:15:00
Children are set to be protected from accessing online pornography under new age-check guidance proposed by Ofcom today to help services to comply with online safety laws.
Working class audiences want the BBC to take more risks when producing new programmes01/12/2023 15:15:15
The BBC should take more risks when producing new programmes if it is to reconnect with viewers and listeners on lower incomes, according to new audience research published today by Ofcom.
How the Online Safety Act will help to protect women and girls29/11/2023 16:20:00
Online interactions play a major role in our daily lives. While most people have positive experiences online, for many women and girls life online can be an extension of harmful gender dynamics that exist in wider society.
Gen Z driving early adoption of Gen AI, our latest research shows29/11/2023 10:25:00
Teenagers and children in the UK are far more likely than adults to have embraced generative artificial intelligence (AI) according to Ofcom’s latest study into the nation’s online lives.
Top trends from our latest look at people's online lives28/11/2023 13:20:00
Our latest Online Nation research takes a look at how people in the UK are spending their time online.
UK adult site introduces age verification measures following engagement with Ofcom27/11/2023 13:15:00
Tapnet Ltd – which provides the online adult video service RevealMe – has introduced age verification measures, after Ofcom raised concerns that it was not doing enough to prevent children from being able to access pornography on its platform.