(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A financial penalty of £125,000 has been slapped on Loveworld Limited by the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications, Ofcom, following a programme broadcast on its religious service Loveworld Television Network which was said to have featured inaccurate and potentially harmful claims about the COVID-19 without providing adequate protection for viewers.
According to Ofcom’s investigation, the 29-hour programme, Global Day of Prayer, included statements claiming that the pandemic is a “planned” event created by the “deep state” for nefarious purposes, and that the vaccine is a “sinister” means of administering “nanochips” to control and harm people. While some statements claimed that “fraudulent” testing had been carried out to deceive the public about the existence of the virus and the scale of the pandemic, others linked the cause of Covid-19 to the roll out of 5G technology.
Ofcom stresses that ”This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news, and harm in its coverage of the Coronavirus.
The body considered the breaches to be serious, repeated and reckless, warranting the imposition of a statutory sanction beyond the direction to broadcast a statement of our findings that Ofcom issued in its Decision published 15 January 2021.