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KTV fined for serious broadcasting breaches

Posted: 12th February 2021

Ofcom has today imposed fines totalling £50,000 on Khalsa Television Limited (KTV) for serious breaches of our broadcasting rules.

The investigation by Ofcom found that KTV aired a music video on three separate occasions, which indirectly encouraged Sikhs living in the UK to commit violence, including murder, against people opposed to the Khalistan Liberation Front. The investigation also found that the music video contained subliminal harmful messages in an apparent attempt to influence viewers without them being aware.

A second investigation found that a live discussion programme, Panthak Masle, featured a number of statements which were likely to incite crime or lead to disorder. This included material which amounted to implicit threats of violence towards Harnek Singh, a Sikh radio presenter living in New Zealand.

KTV have been fined £20,000 in respect of the music video and £30,000 in respect of the discussion programme, both payable to HM Paymaster General. KTV must not repeat either the music video or the discussion programme, and must air a summary of our decisions on a date – and in a form – set by Ofcom.

Tags: Ofcom | KTV

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