Amid his speaking ban recently imposed in Malaysia, trouble is brewing over controversial preacher Zakir Naik's satellite TV channel Peace TV in the United Kingdom.

Oxcom, the UK government's regulatory body which regulates broadcasting, telecommunications and postal sectors, in a report last month, found four of the five programmes from the channel, it scrutinised following complaints of homophobia and criminal incitement, had breached the broadcasting code of conduct.

The programmes, which allegedly promote hate speech and incitement to murder, were aired between Nov 2017 and March 2018, reported Free Malaysia Report, citing the Oxcom report.

Following the said breach, Peace TV stand the risk of having its license revoked in the UK.

According to the report, the breach involved programmes in both the channel's Urdu and English editions, and one such Urdu edition programme had called for the beheading of magicians.

Another programme compared homosexuals to pigs.

Club TV, which is Peace TV's licensee in the UK, however, has reportedly defended the speeches, saying the former did not apply to magicians who are entertainers, but those who resort to witchcraft and black magic instead.

As for the latter, it said it applied to Muslims who emphasise on living life in line with the scriptures, and therefore, are likely to have strong views on homosexuality.

Peace TV, launched in 2006, is banned in three countries, namely in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

The Malaysian police has issued a directive banning Naik, who holds a permanent resident status here, from holding public talks nationwide, and have questioned him.

This after police reports were lodged against him over his speech in Kelantan where he said that Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than they are to Malaysian premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He also told critics who asked him to be deported to India, where he is facing money laundering and extremism-related charges, to first ask the Chinese, who are also considered "guests" here, to leave first.

Naik has since apologised over for "the hurt" caused to non-Muslims by his speeches, but claimed that he was not a racist, and that his remarks were selectively used, with added fabrications.

Source: Free Malaysia Today
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