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UK agency fines pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s channel N65.6m over COVID-19 sermon

The Office of Communications within the United Kingdom (Ofcom), has sanctioned spiritual channel, Loveworld, owned by common Nigerian pastor, Chris Oyakhilome.

The UK’s communications regulator reportedly fined the channel the sum of £125,000 roughly N65.6m, over COVID-19 sermon disseminated on the channel.

Ofcom in a press release acknowledged that the station was fined for breaching the nation’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19.

The assertion reads,

“Today we’ve fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a yr that the broadcaster breached our guidelines on accuracy in information and hurt in its protection of the coronavirus.

On December 1 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour programme referred to as the Global Day of Prayer, throughout which claims had been made in regards to the COVID-19″.

According to the agency, these claims included the notion that the outbreak was ‘planned’, that the ‘sinister’ vaccine can be utilized to implant ‘nanochips’ that may management and trigger hurt to members of the general public and the debunked concept that the virus was someway attributable to 5G.

The assertion additional learn,

“Ofcom stresses that legit debate in regards to the official response to the coronavirus pandemic is prime to holding public authorities to account throughout a world well being disaster - notably when public freedoms are curtailed and complicated coverage selections are being taken.

“However, the inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this programme were unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge. Ofcom was particularly concerned that this breach followed previous, similar breaches in 2020 during the investigation of which, Loveworld Limited gave Ofcom a number of assurances as to how it would improve its compliance procedures.”

This is coming after the favored Nigerian preacher criticized different Pastors who’re advising their members to take the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Pastor Chris mentioned God made them healers and hinted that the vaccine is just not wanted as a result of when one believes in Christ, there might be energy of their mouths.

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