Peace TV is a nonprofit satellite television network broadcasting globally 24/7 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Peace TV programs are all in the English language and telecast free-to-air. The founder and president of Peace TV is Zakir Naik, an Islamic preacher from Mumbai, India.
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Broadcast area||Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, North America|
|Slogan||The solution for Humanity|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Owner||Zakir Naik (founder and president)|
Lords Production Ltd,
a subsidiary of Universal Broadcasting Corporation Ltd
|Sister channels||Peace TV Urdu, Peace TV Bangla, Peace TV Albanian, Peace TV Chinese|
|Launched||21 January 2006|
Since 21 January 2006, Peace TV channel has been telecast to more than 200 countries around the world, including in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America. In 2009, its sister channel (Peace TV Urdu) was launched, which is dedicated especially to the Urdu-speaking viewers around the world and on 22 April 2011, Peace TV Bangla was launched, which is dedicated especially to the Bengali-speaking viewers around the world.
Peace TV network covers live events, lecturing programs for adults and youths, as well as educational programs for children. Its president, Zakir Naik, often calls it an "edutainment channel".
Peace TV was launched on Arabsat on satellite BADR-3 in October 2006.
It is also available free of charge from the LiveStation satellite television computerdiesh.
In 2012, Ofcom ruled the channel broke broadcasting rules which states offensive comments should be justified by the context. It was ruled on the following statements which were broadcast on 8 March 2012 on the Dare to Ask programme:
One group of scholars, they say that if a Muslim, if he becomes a non-Muslim [inaudible] he should be put to death. There is another group of scholars who say that if a Muslim becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his new faith against Islam then he should be put to death.
I tend to agree more with the second group of scholars, who say that a Muslim, if he becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his new faith against Islam, that is the time this penalty is applied.
In response, PeaceTV said they were just repeating the teachings of the Quran. The channel has been operating in India since 2006, but as of 2009 it failed to register with India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, making it illegal. Hathway stopped broadcasting the channel. Zakir Naik denies owning the station, and claims it is run by a Dubai-based company. Peace TV was banned in India in 2012, because the government said it was broadcasting malicious anti-Indian content. Zakir Naik has denied any links to such claims and hopes that the ban would be lifted. However, as of August 2019, Peace TV was still available in India through a free app in the Google Play Store, which had been downloaded over a lakh (100,000) times.
 In Bangladesh, there has been a massive debate to stop airing this channel after the Dhaka terror attack. The channel has been banned by the Government of Bangladesh after a consultation with its internal security agencies on 10 July 2016.
After the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka on April 2019, which killed at least 250 people, the ensuing investigation on Islamic extremism forced the Sri Lankan cable TV operators to remove Peace TV.
Awards and nominationsEdit
A major controversy erupted after the Dhaka terror attack in July 2016 when the investigations revealed that a terrorist involved in the brutal killings followed Zakir Naik's page on Facebook and was influenced by Naik's speeches which seemed to be provocative in nature. The terrorist had posted sermons of Naik on social media where Naik has urged "all Muslims to be terrorists" saying "if he is terrorizing a terrorist, he is following Islam".
Following this incident, the channel was banned in Bangladesh. Hasanul Haq Inu, the Information Minister of Bangladesh reasoned that "Peace TV is not consistent with Muslim society, the Quran, Sunnah, Hadith, Bangladesh's Constitution, our culture, customs and rituals."
In March 2018, during a show called Strengthening Your Family, The Valley of the Homosexuals, presenter Imam Qasim Khan said that homosexuality was "a very unnatural type of love that is energised by the influence of [Satan]" and called AIDS "a disease [that gay men] contracted because they are homosexual". Khan went on to say, "Even an animal that is defiled by Islam, the pig – as nasty and corrupted and contaminated as a pig is – you never see two male pigs that are trying to have sex together. That's insanity… worse than animals."
In July 2019, Ofcom ruled that three of Peace TV's programmes, including Khan's aforementioned broadcast, breached its rules on hate speech, offence, abusive treatment and incitement to crime. In a statement, the regulator said: "Ofcom considered the breaches in this case to be serious. We are putting the Licensee on notice that we will consider these breaches for the imposition of a statutory sanction." Lord Production, which owns Peace TV's broadcast licence, defended the broadcast, claiming that it did not breach Ofcom's rules. The company claimed that Khan merely offered "a robust stand against homosexuality, but very much from a religious standpoint." It disagreed with Ofcom’s suggestion that Imam Khan’s views constituted hate speech arguing that he did not “call for violence or punishment of homosexuals” and that his aim was to "outlaw the practice of homosexuality itself".
|India||Banned||December 2012||Allegedly broadcasting anti-India programmes 'not conducive to the security environment in the country'.|
|Bangladesh||Banned||July 2016||Alleged promotion of terrorism (after July 2016 Dhaka attack)|
|Sri Lanka||Banned||May 2019||Alleged promotion of terrorism (after 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings)|
|United Kingdom||Banned||May 2020||Breached broadcasting regulations on inciting crime, hate speech, abuse and offence|
Staff and presentersEdit
- From India
- Zakir Naik
- Mohammed Naik
- Abdul Karim Parekh
- Sanaullah Madani
- Shamim Fauzi
- Abdul Basit Madani
- From the United States
- From Canada
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