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Indian news channel fined in UK for hate speech about Pakistan

Ofcom imposes £20,000 penalty on Republic TV for highly derogatory comments on talk show

A rightwing Indian news channel known for its strong pro-government stance and firebrand host has been fined by UK regulator Ofcom for broadcasting hate speech about Pakistan.

Republic TV was fined £20,000 for airing a segment on its UK service, which conveyed the view that all Pakistani people are terrorists, including “their scientists, doctors, their leaders, politicians […] Even their sports people”.

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This year was the most challenging and extraordinary for news that I can remember, and I’m sure many of you feel the same way. It affected everything about how we live, love and work and in many ways it’s changed us all forever.

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