£30,000 fine for Sangat TV

Television regulator Ofcom has imposed a financial penalty of £30,000 on Regis 1 Limited owners of television channel Sangat TV.

Sangat TV is a general entertainment channel that broadcasts in English and Punjabi. On January the 21st 2013, Ofcom found the channel in breach of the Broadcasting Code for transmitting material that was likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or lead to disorder.

The finding related to a programme about a violent attack on a retired commander of the Indian armed forces in London. In August this year, four men of Sikh origin were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm because they carried out the attack.

Ofcom found that the programme contained statements that were likely to encourage members of the Sikh community to take violent action against certain members of the Indian armed forces with the broadcast breaching regulation rule 3.1 of the UK television code.

Material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services.

The regulator note that due to the serious nature of the breach, they have imposed a financial penalty of £30,000.

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