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How can GB News get away with peddling ‘turbo cancer’ conspiracy theories? Only Ofcom knows | Jane Martinson

It smacks of political bias to cite freedom of expression when dismissing complaints about a presenter’s anti-vaxxer rants

What if I told you a major British institution has been infecting young minds, reducing sperm counts and killing babies in the north of England? This shadowy organisation, which goes by the name “Ofcom”, is known to use entertainment to anaesthetise the masses, and must be stopped before it is too late. I don’t have much proof for these claims, but recent developments suggest I might still be able to freely make them on my own broadcast television show.

In fact, all pedlars of wild conspiracy theories will be encouraged by Ofcom’s decision to reject complaints about the GB News presenter Neil Oliver linking the coronavirus vaccine to something called “turbo cancer”. The fact that there is no such thing as “turbo cancer” – a Reuters factcheck stated that the Canadian doctor who claimed it was linked to vaccines is under investigation for spreading false information – did not stop Ofcom deciding that Oliver’s claims didn’t violate its rules. It appears that his freedom to express misleading or indeed outright deranged ideas trumps Ofcom’s mandate to prevent harmful or offensive content.

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