Religious television channel, LoveWorld owned by Senior Pastor of Christ Embassy Chris Oyakhilome, has been sanctioned by Ofcom, a regulatory authority for broadcasting in the United Kingdom for airing potentially harmful claims on coronavirus.
CANDIID ONLINE recalls that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome had made controversial claims about the coronavirus disease that has spread all over the world. Loveworld is the third station in the UK to be sanctioned.
According to the announcement made by Ofcom on Monday, May 18, 2020, the broadcast read that a news program and a live sermon on the channel aired unsubstantiated claims that 5G technology was the cause of the pandemic, and that the outbreak was the subject of a global cover-up.
The agency said the report on 5G was particularly sensitive because in the preceding days a number of attacks had been committed on mobile phone masts in the UK as a result of claims that 5G technology had caused, or was in some way linked to the coronavirus.
“There is no reputable scientific evidence to corroborate the claim that there is a link between 5G technology and the Coronavirus, which runs contrary to both the international and UK official position,” Ofcom said.
The media watchdog also noted that it found fault with a sermon broadcast on the channel that cast serious doubt on the necessity for lockdown measures, and the motives behind official health advice on COVID-19, including in relation to vaccination.
However, Pastor Oyakhilome in a series of broadcasts in April said the outbreak of the disease was a sinister plot by shadowy figures to install 5G technology, which he said was the real cause of infection, around the world.