Authorities within the uk have slammed a £125,000 fine on Loveword channel , owned by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, for airing conspiracy theories about Covid-19 that were unproven.
On December 1st 2020, the channel had aired a 29-hour programme called the worldwide Day of Prayer, during which several unfounded claims were made about the coronavirus pandemic. These claims included the notion that the outbreak was ‘planned’, that the ‘sinister’ vaccine are often wont to implant ‘nanochips’ which will control and cause harm to members of the general public and therefore the theory that the virus was somehow caused by 5G.
Following an in depth investigation by Ofcom, the communications regulatory body within the uk , it had been concluded that the programme breached broadcasting rules by sharing ‘potentially harmful’ claims about COVID19.
This marks the second time during a year that Ofcom has petitioned Loveworld for creating unsubstantiated statements about coronavirus.
In a statement released, Ofcom concluded Loveworld’s breach of broadcasting guidelines were ‘serious, repeated and reckless. The broadcasting authority said that the channel posed a risk of ‘serious harm’ to viewers who tuned in to observe the programme.
‘Loveworld’s failure to place these unsubstantiated statements into context risked serious harm to its audience,’ the statement said.
Ofcom added that the religious channels had the ‘potential to form people question the measures put in situ to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
‘They had the potential to undermine confidence publicly health measures put in situ to tackle COVID19 at a time when cases, hospital admissions and deaths were rising within the UK, and when people were trying to find reliable information given advances within the vaccination programme” Ofcom statement read
Pastor Oyakhilome has repeatedly expressed doubts about the COVID19 pandemic. Recently, he blasted Christian leaders encouraging their members to require the COVID19 vaccine.