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'Republic Bharat' Show Promoted Hate Speech And Intolerance, Finds UK Broadcast Regulator

Lawstreet Journal 25 Dec 2020 3:16am

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The United Kingdom's communications regulator Office of Communications(OfCom) on Tuesday(December 22, 2020) found that a program of Arnab Goswami's 'Republic Bharat' breached broadcasting conditions by promoting "hatred and intolerance" against a group of individuals. The order held that the discussion "Poochta Ha Bharat" telecast by the channel on September 6, 2019 violated the conditions in the OfCom Broadcasting Code in respect of "offensive language", "hate speech" and "abusive or derogatory treatment of individuals, groups, religions or communities" with its comments against people of Pakistan.

"We also noted that Pakistani contributors were repeatedly interrupted and afforded little time to make points which may potentially have provided challenge or context", the order noted. "The order passed by the regulator observed that the the programme, the presenter and some of his guests conveyed the view that all Pakistani people are terrorists, including that their scientists, doctors, their leaders, politicians all are terrorists. One guest also described Pakistani scientists as "thieves", while another described Pakistani people as "beggars". Taking exception to such comments, the UK Regulator said that they "amounted to hate speech against Pakistani people, and derogatory and abusive treatment of Pakistani people", the sanction read.

"In Ofcom's view, the statements made in the programme, examples of which are mentioned above, were expressions of hatred based on intolerance of Pakistani people on the basis of their nationality alone, and promoted hatred and intolerance towards Pakistani people. Whilst Ofcom agreed that it was legitimate to discuss Indo-Pakistani relations, we did not accept the Licensee's characterisation of the programme as a whole.", It further assed.

The order further noted, "We were particularly concerned by the fact… Continue Reading...

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