Zakir Naik, an Indian Muslim preacher, has continued to reach millions of Brits via his personal TV channel despite being banned from entering the country in 2010 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May.
Mr. Naik’s channel, Peace TV, regularly features other hardline Islamist extremists prohibited from entering the UK, including Bilal Philips, a co-conspirator in the 1993 terror plot to bomb New York’s World Trade Centre.
UK media regulator Ofcom has been urged to “immediately revoke” the station’s broadcast license, which has breached broadcasting rules on the dissemination and promotion of extremist material on several occasions.
Henry Jackson Society (HJS) research fellow Emma Webb said, “The Broadcasting Act explicitly requires Ofcom to ensure licensees are ‘fit and proper’. It is difficult to imagine an individual less fit to hold a license than Zakir Naik.”
Based in Dubai, the channel was founded in 2006 and claims to have had a global audience of 200 million at one point, though its reach has been hampered by bans in a number of countries.
*Al-Qaeda is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.