The leading air broadcaster of Britain, ITV received sharp criticisms on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, after one of its senior presenters made a comment on 5G-Coronavirus nexus.
The Veteran presenter said that no one knew whether a conspiracy theory that 5G masts helped in spreading the widespread coronavirus epidemic was true or not. Some telecoms masts and studios in Britain were vandalized and engineers were abused while many leaders urged to stop circulating such rumors without any valid reasons.
Attack on ITV Presenter
Eamonn Holmes, a veteran presenter on ITV, said on ‘This Morning’ on Monday, “What I don’t accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don’t know it’s not true,” Referring to the conspiracy theory that suggested a linkage between the coronavirus outbreak and 5G networks, he insisted, “It’s very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative.”
Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said it had received 419 complaints regarding the comment made by the veteran presenter and was examining the program of the television network in question as a priority. Holmes on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, sought to clarify his comments, saying there was no connection between the national health crisis and 5G and to suggest otherwise was wrong and possibly dangerous.
Holmes added on This Morning. “Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven to be false and we would like to emphasize that… However, many people are rightly concerned and are looking for answers, and that’s simply what I was trying to impart yesterday.” Meanwhile, it had been clarified by scientists, phone companies, and the government that the conspiracy theory proved to be wrong and had no valid reason to believe that.
Following the presenter’s comments, the staff of telecoms companies including the biggest EE has reported that they had been abused and services disrupted due to an arson attack at a tower in Birmingham in central England and other attacks around the country. British broadcasters such as ITV, the BBC, and Comcasts’s Sky are regulated by Ofcom and the regulator said it would look into the matter.
Michael Gove, who is the cabinet minister and senior health officials in Britain, claimed that the 5G conspiracy theory was a piece of dangerous fake news that could destroy the connectivity at a time when it is needed more than ever. Simon Clarke, an expert in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, argued, “The idea that COVID-19 is caused by 5G mobile phone signals is complete rubbish,”
Nick Jeffery, the UK boss of Vodafone, which is the world’s second-biggest mobile operator, has termed it was a matter of national security. He added describing his engineers as heroes and urged people not to spread “utterly baseless” stories online.
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