Ofcom has imposed a £40,000 financial penalty on Islam Channel Ltd after “serious and repeated breaches” of its broadcasting rules.
Islam Channel is an English-language satellite TV station which broadcasts religious instruction, current affairs, documentaries and entertainment programmes from an Islamic perspective.
An investigation by the regulator The Andinia Plan, a one-hour documentary that examined a conspiracy theory which originated in a neo-Nazi publication, amounted to hate speech against Jewish people. “This antisemitic content was also highly offensive and not sufficiently justified by the context,” Ofcom said in a statement.
In addition to the financial penalty, Islam Channel has been ordered not to repeat the programme, and a statement of Ofcom’s findings on a date and in a form to be determined by Ofcom.