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UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom has sanctioned Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s LoveWorld Television Ministry for airing false and “potentially harmful statements” about the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Ofcom said the Christian channel aired a sermon that promoted a baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to the roll-out of 5G Network.

It also insinuated a “global coverup”.

In addition Loveworld news also claimed that hydroxychloroquine is a cure for COVID-19, without proof.

“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’, Ofcom said.

“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”, it added.

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Ofcom said Loveworld breached Rules 2.1 and 5.1 of the Broadcasting Code.

Loveworld’s sanction was non-monetary, for now. Ofcom simply wanted it to broadcast its findings that debunked its fake news and sermon.

But it also warned about a further sanction: “We are considering whether to impose any further sanction,” the statement added.

Loveworld TV was not the only violator of the UK broadcasting code punished by Ofcom on Monday.

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