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.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome had alleged in a sermon he preached a few weeks ago that the novel coronavirus was caused by the 5th Generation Mobile communication network which was being rolled out.
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.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
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.