Decision - Ariana Television and Radio Network
On 20 July 2016, Ariana International broadcast a news item which featured a video produced by an individual, Muhammad Riyad, before he carried out an attack on a train in Germany where he injured five people.
In Ofcom’s Decision (“the Breach Decision”) published on 19 December 2016 in Issue 319 of the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin, Ofcom’s Executive found that material in the Ariana News programme (“the Programme”) breached Rules 2.3, 3.1 and 3.2 of the Code.
Ofcom’s Decision is that the appropriate sanction should be a financial penalty of £200,000. Ofcom also considers that the Licensee should be directed to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings, on a date and in a form to be determined by Ofcom.