Iman FM licence revoked over hate speeches

Sheffield community radio station Iman FM will not be going back on air, after Ofcom revoked its licence for extremely serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code.

The service has been off-air since 4th July when Iman Media UK Limited’s licence was suspended by the regulator following the broadcast of more than 25 hours of lectures by alleged al-Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki. Ofcom said parts of the lectures by the radical American Muslim cleric were “likely to encourage or incite crime or lead to disorder”.

In a statement, Ofcom said: “Following both written and oral representations from Iman Media UK Limited, Ofcom has decided that it is necessary in the public interest to revoke the licensee’s Broadcasting Act licence, and that the licensee is unfit to hold a broadcast licence.”

The station said it had downloaded and broadcast the lectures during Ramadan (26 May to 24 June 2017), despite not having listened to them in their entirety beforehand. Iman FM had apologised to listeners on air on 23rd June and condemned the lectures.

Click here to read the full Revocation Notice from Ofcom.

In a statement, the management of Iman FM told RadioToday: “It is with great sadness we announce that we have been unsuccessful in reversing Ofcom’s decision to suspend IMAN FM’s licence and the radio licence has been revoked. We take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported us throughout this difficult time. Thank you to all of our Sponsors, Advertisers, Presenters, and Listeners for their commitment, support and all the hard efforts they have put towards IMAN FM’s previous years of successful broadcasting.”

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