|Launched||21 January 2006|
|Owned by||Zakir Naik (founder and president)
Lords Production Ltd,
a subsidiary of Universal Broadcasting Corporation Ltd
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Slogan||The solution for Humanity|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Broadcast area||Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, North America|
|Sister channel(s)||Peace TV Urdu, Peace TV Bangla, Peace TV Chinese|
|Sky (UK)||Channel 813|
|Astra 2F||12640 V 22000 5/6|
|Southern Fibernet||Channel 563|
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, a controversial Islamic preacher from Mumbai, India.
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".
As of July 2016, broadcasting of the channel is banned in India and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh there has been a massive debate to stop airing this channel after the Dhaka Terror Attack. The channel has been finally banned by the Government of Bangladesh after a consultation with its internal security agencies on 10 July 2016.
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 computer application.
In 2011 the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom investigated the channel for allegations of broadcasting extremist messages. Its programmes have labelled Jews as enemies of Islam and that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an inside job.
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.
Awards and nominations
Since this channel has no license to be downlinked in India, a few unauthorised private cable operators who broadcast the content on their platforms have been warned of strict action by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
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 Zakir 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"
According to CNN-News18, its investigations found that money raised by Zakir Naik's UK-based NGO - Islamic Research Foundation International - for charity had been diverted to this controversial propaganda channel.
Staff and presenters
- From India
- Zakir Naik
- Mohammed Naik
- Mohammed Jafer Qureshi, Trustee (UK)
- Abdul Karim Parekh
- Sanaullah Madani
- Shamim Fauzi
- Abdul Basit Madani
- Sheikh Noor
- From the United States
- From Canada
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- "Bangladesh to ban Islamic TV channel, Peace TV". 11 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
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