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COVID-19: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's TV Station Sanctioned By UK Government For Alleged “Unsubstantiated Claims"

PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME 


UNITED KINGDOM - Loveworld Limited, operators of LoveWorld, a religious cable channel, owned by the Founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has been penalized for allegedly airing “unsubstantiated claims linking the COVID-19 pandemic to 5G technology”.

The sanction was slammed on the TV station by the Office of Communications, OFCOM, the regulatory authority for the broadcasting and telecommunications industries in the United Kingdom, UK.


Besides, Loveworld Limited was equally sanctioned for feeding viewers with the claim that coronavirus is a ‘global cover-up’.


According to a statement published on its website on Monday, OFCOM, explained that the decision came sequel to an investigation into the matter.


The statement read in part, “Our investigation found that a report on Loveworld News included unsubstantiated claims that 5G was the cause of the pandemic, and that this was the subject of a ‘global cover-up’.


“Another report during the programme suggested hydroxychloroquine as a ‘cure’ for Covid-19, without acknowledging that its effectiveness and safety as a treatment was clinically unproven, or making clear that it has potentially serious side effects.


“There is no ban on broadcasting controversial views which are different from, or which challenge, official authorities on public health information. 


"However, given the unsubstantiated claims in both these programmes were not sufficiently put into context, they risked undermining viewers’ trust in official health advice, with potentially serious consequences for public health.


“Given these serious failings, we concluded that Loveworld Limited did not adequately protect viewers from the potentially harmful content in the news programme and the sermon, and the news reports were not duly accurate. Loveworld Limited must broadcast our findings and we are considering whether to impose any further sanction.”


It would be recalled that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome had in April on the cable TV stated that the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks was initiated to facilitate a “new world order”.


The popular clergy had equally maintained that the pandemic was created to instil fear among people in actualising the alleged agenda and that the 5G technology was an initiative of “the Anti-Christ”.


This comment had then activated the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, to challenge Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, for allegedly propounding such claims for which he later backtracked, suggesting that he was only opposed to the initiative because of its perceived health risks.


Pastor Chris Oyakhilome had said: “No matter how interested I am in the 5G, I’m going to put health first."


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