Guardian: A British TV channel that aired a lecture saying it is acceptable to murder someone who has shown disrespect to the prophet Muhammad is facing a significant fine or potentially even closure by Ofcom.
Ofcom has taken the unprecedented step of ruling that DM Digital, which targets the Asian market with programming in languages including English, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri and Hindi, is the first UK broadcaster to break the broadcasting code for airing material “likely to encourage or incite the commission of a crime or lead to disorder”.
Because of the serious nature of the breach of the code Ofcom said that it is now considering imposing a statutory sanction, and the media regulator’s sanctions committee will now consider options including fining DM Digital or even revoking the company’s broadcast licence.
DM Digital, which is licensed in the UK, also broadcasts to the Middle East and parts of Asia.
Last October DM Digital aired a one hour programme in Urdu in which an Islamic religious scholar lectured about theology and discussed the killing of Salmaan Taseer, a Punjab governor and critic of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, who was assassinated by his bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Qadri last year.