Loveworld Limited Sanctioned By British Regulatory Body For Airing Unsubstantiated Claims About The Corona Virus
A British regulatory authority for broadcasting known as Ofcom, has imposed a monetary fine on Loveworld Limited for airing potentially harmful and unsubstantiated claims about the coronavirus disease. This comes after the founder, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, reprimanded christians who are receiving a jab of the covid-19 vaccine, saying it was a display of their lack of faith in God whom they believe and worship.
Ofcom announced in a statement yesterday that the company is to pay the fine of N65 million (£125,00) after a programme broadcast on its religious service, Loveworld Television Network, featured “inaccurate and potentially harmful” claims about COVID-19 as many of the claims were “unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge”.
The regulator said the 29-hour programme, “Global Day of Prayer” which was aired in 2020 included statements claiming that the pandemic was planned for sinister purposes, the COVID-19 vaccine being a means of administering nanochips to control and harm people as well as claims about the virus having a link with 5G technology.
Ofcom equally ruled that the programme had the potential to undermine confidence in public health advice about the disease which has infected nearly 130 million people across the world.
“Loveworld’s failure to put these unsubstantiated statements into context risked serious harm to its audience,” Ofcom said in a statement.
“They had the potential to undermine confidence in public health measures put in place to tackle Covid-19 – at a time when cases, hospital admissions and deaths were rising in the UK, and when people were looking for reliable information given advances in the vaccination programme.”
The TV station was found to have breached broadcasting rules in January during “The Global Day of Prayer” in 2020 and was previously sanctioned in May 2020 as it said Loveworld’s failure to put these unsubstantiated statements into context risked serious harm to its audience.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is the founder of Believers LoveWorld Assembly and LoveWorld TV. He also pastors a megachurch, Christ Embassy in Lagos, which hosts about 30, 000 attendees on Sundays and has millions of followers on social media and YouTube, where his videos have enjoyed millions of views and subscribers.