The UK communications regulator, OfCom (the Office of Communications), has levied a fine of £20,000 on Worldview Media Network Limited, the company broadcasting Arnab Goswami's Republic Bharat channel in the UK.
The company has been fined because Republic Bharat's show, Poochta Hai Bharat, was found to indulge in 'hate speech' in its episode aired on September 6, 2019.
OfCom stated in its order that the program 'contained uncontextualised hate speech and that this content was potentially highly offensive'.
The episode in question targetted Pakistan and included statements by guests, and anchor, Arnab Goswami, that branded Pakistan and its citizens as terrorists. In its order, OfCom also directed the channel to air their findings on the channel.
As the news went viral, people took to social media to comment on OfCom's decision:
£20,000 fine for hate speech and highly offensive content! #ThooktaHaiBharat on Republic TV for defaming Indian journalism worldwide.— Dhruv Rathee 🇮🇳 (@dhruv_rathee) December 22, 2020
Nice try, OpIndia! Republic has been fined for uncontextualised hate speech and highly offensive content and not for ‘telecasting a debate’. pic.twitter.com/kf7t5mdgWE— SamSays (@samjawed65) December 23, 2020
Indian states also shud start doing the same! Time to limit the hate mongering.— PriyaCee (@Ppriyacee) December 23, 2020
Arnab thought that law enforcement in UK is same as in India 😊— Anil Thomas (@advanitom) December 23, 2020
Poor chap was spoiled by the lax regulation here with toothless media bodies letting him run wild with hate filled poison. Plus the full backing of his masters' - Govt. If only an impartial regulator here had severely fined him a couple of times, chap would've learnt his lessons.— Ved Nayak (@catcheronthesly) December 23, 2020
Arnab Goswami is yet to give an official response about the financial penalty.