Khalsa TV drops UK broadcast license for ‘Khalistan propaganda’
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) in the UK found that Khalsa Television Limited had breached its broadcasting rules and the latter has now given up its license to broadcast in the UK. The media watchdog decided to suspend KTV (the network owned channel) after a thorough investigation into its Khalistan propaganda and it has now caused them to lose their license. The suspension was handed down after a ‘Prime Time’ broadcast on December 30 last year where they were found guilty of attempting to ‘encourage or incite the commission of a crime or stir up disorder’. Ofcom concluded that the program included topics that could “incite violence”.
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“On 13 May 2022, Ofcom published a draft notice to revoke the broadcasting license of Khalsa Television Limited, which Ofcom had suspended after its channel KTV broadcast material likely to incite violence” , Ofcom said in a statement regarding the entire incident.
“This was the third time in four years that this licensee has been found guilty of breaching our rules on incitement to crime due to programs inciting violence. The television channel KTV has served the Sikh community in the UK United,” the statement added according to a PTI report.
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The KTV channel has not aired since March 31 since the suspension was announced and according to Ofcom, a future license seems difficult for the network due to the controversial content.
According to the PTI, Ofcom’s investigation found that statements made on the channel “promoted violence, including murder, as an acceptable and necessary form of action to advance the Khalistan cause”.
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