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Zakir Naik’s TV Channel Blocked

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Published on May 07, 2019 with No Comments

Two of Sri Lanka’s major cable TV operators have dropped controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV from their list of channels, media reports said, after the Easter Sunday blasts that killed over 250 people.

India and Bangladesh have already banned his TV channel, which has allegedly been used by ISIS recruiters for indoctrination and brainwashing the youth. Sri Lanka’s two of the largest cable operators ”Dialogue” and ”SLT” have stopped airing Zakir Naik’s Peace TV. However, an official announcement on this yet to be made. However, the Sri Lankan government has not banned the controversial Peace TV.

”Peace TV” was launched by Zakir Naik’s Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation in 2006. An Urdu version was launched in 2009, followed by a Bangla version in 2011. The content in English, Urdu and Bangla is telecast from Dubai. Zakir Naik is wanted by India for allegedly inciting young people with his hate speeches.He is being probed for terror and money laundering charges by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He had left India in 2016. He has been granted permanent residence in Malaysia.


The United States believes members of the militant group blamed for Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks may be at large and planning more assaults, the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka. “We do believe that the terrorist threat is ongoing and there may be active plotters. Active members of the attack group that carried out the terror attacks on Easter Sunday may still be at large,” Ambassador Alaina Teplitz shared with media in Sri Lanka. “We certainly have reason to believe that the active attack group has not been fully rendered inactive. We do believe that there is active planning underway.”


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