around At noon local time on 14 February 2023, British Broadcasting Corporation staff in Delhi and Mumbai were surprised to see men march into their offices. It was an “investigation” by the Income Tax Department of the Government of India. The official reason for the investigation was suspicion of tax evasion, but journalists were questioned and their computers were also “searched.” Militia in combat uniform brandished assault rifles and guarded the gates during the three-day operation. The tax office visit came weeks after the BBC documentary was released. modi question, It did not sit well with its subject, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.
This two-part documentary focuses on Modi’s role as prime minister of Gujarat when at least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots. increase. The on-screen caption read, “More than 30 people in India have declined to participate in the series due to concerns for their personal safety. The Indian government has refused to comment on allegations made in the film.” After the first episode of the two-part series was broadcast by BBC Two on 17 January, the government banned the documentary and planned to screen it in India, even though the BBC did not screen it in India. There was no
Kanchan Gupta, a former journalist and now senior adviser to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, wrote in a Twitter thread on Jan. 21, “Important. Sharing @BBCWorld’s hostile propaganda and anti-India trash under the guise of a ‘documentary’. Videos and tweets sharing links to BBC documentaries are blocked under India’s sovereign laws and regulations. Gupta added that the government exercised emergency powers under new information technology regulations to be formulated in 2021 because multiple government ministries were deemed “vile propaganda to undermine the government.” rice field(…)
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