British media watchdog fined for attempting to incite violence, terrorism on KTV

London, 13 February: In Britain, a media watchdog fined Khalsa TV (KTV) a total of £ 50,000 for broadcasting a music video and a discussion program aimed at indirectly inciting the country’s Sikh community to violence and terrorism. have put. The UK government-approved media regulatory authority ‘Communications Office’ (Ofcom) issued an order in this regard on Friday, based on the results of the February and November 2019 investigations. In its order, the Communications Office said that KTV should broadcast the statement of the office regarding its investigation and do not broadcast such music video or discussion program again. “Ofcom has imposed a penalty of 20,000 pounds and 30,000 pounds on Khalsa Television Ltd. for failing to follow our rules,” the communication office said in the order. The penalty of 20,000 pounds on KTV is related to music videos and 30,000 pounds refers to the penal discussion program. ”

In the year 2018, on July 4, seven and nine, KTV aired a music video for the song ‘Bagga and Shera’. After its investigation, the Communications Office found that the “music video is making an indirect call to Sikhs living in Britain to commit violence including murder”. The Communications Office has found that an attempt was being made to impress viewers with the content being served on TV, which is a violation of broadcasting rules. The discussion program was aired on 30 March 2019 as ‘Panthak Masle’. The Communications Office found that the event gave a platform to many guests to have views that were similar to “indirectly invoking action and inciting to crime or disorder”. He said, “The Communications Office also found that there was a reference to the banned terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa, which we think can be taken as an attempt to legitimize it and normalize its purpose and acts in the eyes of the audience.” is.” Also Read: America: US Senate Approves Names Of New Internal Security Minister, Transport Minister

KTV is the largest television channel of the Sikh community in Britain. The Communications Office had received several complaints regarding the music video and discussion program, after which it started an investigation. This music video featured a picture of Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. In this regard, the Communications Office has underlined that “the video insisted on advocating violent acts against the Indian state”. The discussion program was broadcast in Punjabi and the communications office had to translate it into English.

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