(Original post by Manzzzzz)
Firstly, Press TV does not constantly deny the holocaust, the link Democracy posted was the view of an English writer and historian, this is basic journalism. And as stated at the bottom of the article in red "The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Press TV."
The bias and propaganda running through Sky News is more of a disgrace.
The reason given by OFCOM was that there was an administrative discrepancy relating to the license signed in 2007 and that editorial control is in Tehran and not in London. This is suspicious as it happened 4 years ago and this administrative problem could have easily been sorted out. Press TV operated on exactly the same model as many other news channels. This is nothing to do with this administrative matter but is because of the tensions running high between UK and Iran and is also an attempt to silence an alternative voice which is a display of media censorship.
This is a blow to the governments hypocritical stance of being in favour of freedom of speech and freedom of expressions, we are told we must go to war in other countries or sanction countries in order to bring such freedoms to them. The whole world can now see that this is a hypocritical move and not democracy.
There are vast obscene and disgusting sex channels operating under OFCOM's nose and they are free to do so. Press TV has built a massive audience in a couple of years and has become widely popular. The executives of OFCOM are highly paid servants of the British state, they are not independent and live out of the British purse. OFCOM is a servant to the British Government and has also constantly harassed Press TV on the issue of Israel and Palestine.
If Press TV London does not control the editorial content why were they fined £100,000 and if Press TV London does control the content why was it's licence revoked. This is an inherent contradiction on OFCOM's stance. Also the number of times OFCOM changed there mind regarding a number of issues with Press TV is beyond me.
As shown in the Wikileaks cables which reveal a discussion between British and American officials that explicitly states that steps were being taken to find a way to take Press TV London off the air. A highly placed foreign official was also quoted in the Sunday Times (Murdoch's newspaper) saying efforts were being made to take Press TV off the air. This was long before any question of fines over 10 second news clips. Press TV were gaining a large share of the audience and many people were queuing to be interviewed as it prides itself for calling it the voice for the voiceless.
There is no talk or news of revoking the license for Rupert Murdoch's News International who run
the Sky Platform and yet the supposed crimes of Press TV pay little insignificance to what News International has done so there is no doubt of double standards here by OFCOM.
As relations with other countries differ the same will be done to those news channels. Francis Bacon said self censorship is the arrow that flies in the night, no one sees it but achieves it's desired effect. People at the top of other media outlets will know that if they fall foul of the British Anglo-American foreign policy they will self censor themselves before OFCOM has to do it for them.
What we need to do is look at things from an objective point of view taking into account everything that matters and steer clear of any bias. There are many agendas here...