UK regulator fines Arnab Goswami’s Republic Bharat- Calls Content as Offensive and Abusive

Arnab Goswami’s troubles seem not to end soon. India’s news channel with highest viewership has landed into another pit of shame. Republic Bharat, the Hindi news channel of Republic TV, has been imposed with a fine of 20,000 pounds (approximately Rs 19.73 lakh) the United Kingdom’s communications regulator Office of Communications for “uncontextualised hate speech“.

The fine has been imposed on Worldview Media Network Limited which is the business partner of Republic TV in the UK and the USA. 

The controversial content is cited from an episode of Republic Bharat’s show ‘Poochta Hai Bharat’ that was aired on September 6, 2019. As per the regulator, the episode violated the Office of Communications Broadcasting Code in respect of “offensive language”, “hate speech” and “abusive or derogatory treatment of individuals, groups, religions or communities” with its comments against people of Pakistan.

What was the topic of “Poochta hai Bharat”?

Poochta hai Bharat programmer aired on September 6, 2019 was on India’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft mission that went on to a comparison of India’s and Pakistan’s space exploration. It was during the debate between Arnab Goswami and Indian and Pakistani panelists that hate speech against Pakistani people was used.

“In the programme, the presenter and some of his guests conveyed the view that all Pakistani people are terrorists, including that: “their scientists, doctors, their leaders, politicians all are terrorists. Even their sports people”; “every child is a terrorist over there. Every child is a terrorist. You are dealing with a terrorist entity”.”
-Excerpt from the order

“One guest also described Pakistani scientists as “thieves”, while another described Pakistani people as “beggars”. In the context of these criticisms, the presenter, addressing Pakistan and/or Pakistani people, said: “We make scientists, you make terrorists”.

Republic Bharat has been asked to air an apology on the channel.