Arnab Goswami’s programme fined 20,000 pounds by UK broadcast regulator for promoting ‘hatred’

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Published: December 23,2020 11:22 AM
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December 23, 2020: The United Kingdom’s broadcast regulator imposed a fine of 20,000 pounds (approximately Rs 19.73 lakh) on Arnab Goswami’s Republic Bharat for promoting hatred and intolerance.

December 23, 2020: The United Kingdom’s broadcast regulator imposed a fine of 20,000 pounds (approximately Rs 19.73 lakh) on Arnab Goswami’s Republic Bharat for promoting hatred and intolerance.



The UK’s Office of Communications or OfCom on Tuesday, 22 December, cited an episode of Republic Bharat’s show ‘Poochta Hai Bharat’ that was aired on 6 September 2019 in its order. The regulator concluded that the episode 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, reported Live Law.



The order stated, “Ofcom’s Breach Decision found that an episode of the programme Poochta Hai Bharat contained comments made by the host and some of his guests that amounted to hate speech against Pakistani people, and derogatory and abusive treatment of Pakistani people. The content was also potentially offensive and was not sufficiently justified by the context.”



The programme that was penalised was on India’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft mission to the moon and also delved into “a comparison of India’s space exploration and technological advancements compared to Pakistan”. Some of the comments made during the debate that featured Arnab Goswami and panellists from India and Pakistan, "amounted to hate speech against Pakistani people".