From: BBC News
TV shows made in London that encourage viewers to believe they are cured of life-threatening illnesses by prayer have been condemned by charities.
Charities criticised an episode of the Miracle Hour show, on Faith World TV, during which a diabetic caller was told he was “set free” from the disease.
“It is particularly dangerous and puts his life at risk,” said African Health Policy Network head Francis Kaikumba.
UKWET, which produces the show, said it was “reviewing” its “new programmes”.
The organisation, whose full name is the UK World Evangelical Trust, said: “We are now reviewing our new programmes to make sure our standards meet good practice.”
Miracle Hour is filmed at Faith World TV’s studio in south London. It is hosted by Bishop Simon Iheanacho, who is chairman of Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs (Meca), which supports black and minority ethnic Christians and is part of ecumenical body Churches Together in England.
One called a diabetic named Bode, from Leyton in east London, was told that his diabetes had been “killed in his body” by Bishop Simon. A very worrying and potentially life threatening claim if Bode believed he had been cured it could potentially have been fatal.
Debbie Ariyo, head of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (Afruca), said the broadcast “flags up a child safeguarding issue” after one woman was told she had the power to heal children she believed were possessed.
An Ofcom spokesman said: “Ofcom has very strict rules in place to protect viewers and listeners from harm and to prevent religious programmes from exploiting audiences:
“We have already issued a number of tough sanctions to channels in this area and are actively monitoring content to ensure that any breaches are appropriately dealt with.”