|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Owner||Zakir Naik (Founder)|
|Key people||Zakir Naik|
|Launched||21 January 2006|
|Availability - banned in India Bangladesh. Limited broadcast in the United States.|
|Zuku TV (Kenya)||Channel 890|
Peace TV is an Emirati religious satellite television network. It is one of the largest religious satellite television network in the world. Headquartered at Dubai, the network was founded on January 21, 2006 by Zakir Naik.
The network has broadcast worldwide. The network is considered by Naik as an 'edutainment' channel. Peace TV was also available free-to-air on the LiveStation satellite television provider.
The network was banned from broadcasting in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom (except Africa) on alleged terrorism. Despite the ban Peace TV crossed 200 million viewership. However, as of August 2019, Peace TV's app was still available in the banned countries, including India, through a free app in the Google Play Store, which had been downloaded over 100,000 times.
Peace TV was founded on 21 January 2006. Zakir Naik's debate on the 'Concept of God' was probably the first event to be broadcast on the network. The debate was covered live on Peace TV. It was launched on Arabsat on satellite BADR-3 in October 2006. In June 2009, Peace TV English became the first religious satellite channel to telecast in HD quality. In the same month, Peace TV Urdu was launched in Pakistan. In 2009, the channel received £1.25 million from the Islamic Research Foundation International. On 22 April 2011, Peace TV Bangla was launched for the Bengali-speaking viewers in Bangladesh. In October 2015, Peace TV Chinese was launched, with Islamic programs in China. The Peace TV Albanian was launched in Albania, which was the first Peace TV channel in Europe.
In 2011 the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom investigated the channel for allegations of broadcasting extremist messages. Its programmes have labelled 9/11 terrorist attacks as 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, Peace TV 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.
 In Bangladesh, there has been a massive debate to stop airing this channel after the Dhaka terror attack. The channel has been banned by the Government of Bangladesh after a consultation with its internal security agencies on 10 July 2016.
After the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka in April 2019, which killed at least 250 people, the ensuing investigation on Islamic extremism forced the Sri Lankan cable TV operators to remove Peace TV.
In January 2013, Peace TV was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.
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 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."
In March 2018, during a show called Strengthening Your Family, The Valley of the Homosexuals, presenter Imam Qasim Khan said that homosexuality was "a very unnatural type of love that is energised by the influence of [Satan]" and called AIDS "a disease [that gay men] contracted because they are homosexual". Khan went on to say, "Even an animal that is defiled by Islam, the pig – as nasty and corrupted and contaminated as a pig is – you never see two male pigs that are trying to have sex together. That's insanity… worse than animals."
In July 2019, Ofcom ruled that three of Peace TV's programmes, including Khan's aforementioned broadcast, breached its rules on hate speech, offence, abusive treatment and incitement to crime. In a statement, the regulator said: "Ofcom considered the breaches in this case to be serious. We are putting the Licensee on notice that we will consider these breaches for the imposition of a statutory sanction." Lord Production, which owns Peace TV's broadcast licence, defended the broadcast, claiming that it did not breach Ofcom's rules. The company claimed that Khan merely offered "a robust stand against homosexuality, but very much from a religious standpoint." It disagreed with Ofcom's suggestion that Imam Khan's views constituted hate speech arguing that he did not “call for violence or punishment of homosexuals” and that his aim was to "outlaw the practice of homosexuality itself".
|India||Banned||December 2012||Allegedly broadcasting anti-India programmes 'not conducive to the security environment in the country'.|
|Bangladesh||Banned||July 2016||Alleged promotion of terrorism (after July 2016 Dhaka attack)|
|Sri Lanka||Banned||May 2019||Alleged promotion of terrorism (after 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings)|
|United Kingdom||Banned||May 2020||Breached broadcasting regulations on inciting crime, hate speech, abuse and offence|