Religious Christian TV Network LoveWorld fined by UK Ofcom over COVID-19 conspiracy theories


The LoveWorld television ministry was fined nearly $ 34,000 equivalent by a UK media regulator after it released false statements about COVID-19 last year, including one about a ‘global cover-up’ linked to the 5G mobile networks. Episodes of a program that aired on the network internationally featured “unproven, materially misleading and potentially harmful” content, the government’s Office of Communications, or Ofcom, said in a ruling. The network, it was decided, had failed to provide “adequate protection” to viewers. Ofcom said it considered the rule violations “serious”.

Last April, LoveWorld presented 5G as a “very dangerous weapon…” and the cause of the pandemic. One host suggested that when 5G “comes in contact with a human body, it can deliver poison to cells.” He also took a skeptical view of blockages and government health advisories, casting “serious doubt” on the need to listen to them. In another episode, LoveWorld pushed hydroxychloroquine as a “cure” for COVID without mentioning that the drug is unproven. The church associated with the television network, Christ Embassy, ​​was founded in 1987 by a Nigerian pastor. He has around 13 million followers.

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