The United Kingdom’s Television Regulatory Agency Ofcom has imposed sanctions on Popular Televangelist Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s TV channel over unsubstantiated coronavirus 5G Conspiracy claims.
Though the popular preacher received a lot of backlash over his unsubstantiated allegations, many of his ardent followers still hold on to his allegations even though he himself later came out to apologize.
Ofcom announced in a statement on Monday, May 18, 2020, that a news programme 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.