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NIGERIA: TB Joshua’s Emmanuel TV Axed On YouTube

Following a recent documentary exposing Nigerian Tele evangelist TB Joshua, online streaming platform, YouTube has terminated his official channel over violation of the of its hate speech policy.

BBC Africa and openDemocracy uncovered evidence of widespread sexual abuse and torture by the late preacher streamed recently.

TB Joshua died in 2021, but his Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) is now run by his wife Evelyn Joshua. With more than half a million followers, Emmanuel TV played a key role in his rise from local pastor to global star.

The church has not commented on the removal but has said previous allegations of wrongdoing were “unfounded”.

This is the second time in three years that its YouTube channel has been suspended, following previous breaches of the platform’s community guidelines.

As part of the investigation with the BBC, openDemocracy analysed Emmanuel TV’s online presence, finding at least 50 “abusive” videos on YouTube.

Their team reported the videos to YouTube and the account was suspended on 29 January.

YouTube said in a statement that Emmanuel TV had been “terminated for violating… hate speech policies”.

Emmanuel TV’s satellite channel was dropped on 17 January by MultiChoice, a South African company that runs popular satellite services DStv and GOTv.

For many years, the channel was one of the most successful Christian networks in the world, broadcasting to millions all over the world.