The UK media watchdog has fined Khalsa Television Ltd or KTV in the UK a total of £ 50,000 for broadcasting a music video and discussion program that was an indirect call to the UK Sikh to commit violence, including a reprimand for terrorism.
The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the media regulator recognized by the UK government, issued the decision on Friday following its findings in February and November 2019.
His order also includes instructing the broadcaster to send a statement of Ofcom’s results on a date to be determined by the watch dog and in a form to be determined by the watch dog and that KTV not repeat the music video or discussion program that violates its rules .
Ofcom has fined Khalsa Television Limited £ 20,000 and £ 30,000 respectively for failure to comply with our broadcasting rules in connection with its service to KTV. The £ 20,000 fine relates to a music video. The £ 30,000 fine relates to a discussion program, the Ofcom decision states.
On July 4th, 7th and 9th, 2018, KTV broadcast a music video for a song called “Bagga and Shera”. Upon its investigation, Ofcom found that the music video was an indirect call to action by Sikhs living in Britain to commit violence, including murder.
It also contained short flashes that, when slowed down, revealed frames of on-screen text. It seemed to be trying to influence viewers by delivering a message to them or otherwise affecting their minds without them being aware or fully aware of what had happened, which Ofcom considered to be a violation of the program’s rules.
The discussion program in question was broadcast live as “Panthak Masle” on March 30, 2019.
Ofcom found that the program provided a platform for multiple guests to express their opinions, which amounted to indirect calls to action and could encourage or encourage the commission of criminal offenses or cause unrest.
Ofcom also noted that it contained a reference to the banned terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa which, in our view, could be seen as legitimizing and normalizing its aims and actions in the eyes of viewers.
KTV is a television broadcaster that broadcasts primarily to the Sikh community in the UK under a license from Khalsa Television Limited.
Ofcom conducted its investigation after complaints were received that the music video and discussion program might promote or incite crime or violence.
The music video in question featured a picture of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which Ofcom said highlighted the video’s narration of advocating violent actions against the Indian state.
The discussion program that aired in Punjabi meant that Ofcom had to commission an English translation.
KTV was informed of the investigation and initially did not raise any accuracy problems, but later, which resulted in a second translation.
It concluded that KTV could not ensure that material that was potentially extremely offensive to viewers was justified by the context and therefore violated its Code.
KTV describes itself on its website as an exciting channel that broadcasts a range of cultural, educational and entertaining programs for audiences of all ages. It prides itself on being completely independent, impartial, and honest.
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