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BBC Documentary Row: Tweets Block Opposition Slams ‘Censorship’ 10 points

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Controversy over BBC’s two-part documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi – India: The question of Modi Intensity after – The government ordered Twitter and YouTube to remove links and videos. Sharing the documentary came after senior government officials saw the series as an attempt to challenge Indian authority and the Supreme Court. The Congress questioned the decision, citing Vajpayee and Rajdharma, while several former diplomats and prominent citizens expressed disapproval of the documentary.

Here are the latest developments on the BBC documentary series on PM Modi.

1. More than 50 tweets were removed by Twitter after the government issued instructions under the IT Rules 2021. YouTube also complied with the government order.

2. The Congress and the Trinamool criticized the move, calling it “censorship”.

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3. Jairam Ramesh tweeted on Saturday, “PM and his drummer say new BBC documentary on him is defamatory. Censorship imposed.” “Then why did Prime Minister Vajpayee want him out in 2002, only to be pressured by Advani not to insist on his threat to resign?” They said.

4. Trinamool MP Mahva Moitra wrote, “The government is on a war footing to ensure that no one in India watches a mere BBC show. Shame that the emperors and courtiers of the world’s largest democracy So insecure.”

5. Official sources said that senior officials of several ministries examined the documentary and found it damaging to India’s sovereignty and integrity. He said that the documentary has the potential to adversely affect friendly relations with foreign states and public order within the country.

6. Former R&AW chief Sanjeev Tripathi questioned the intention of the documentary and said that a foreign diplomat had no right to investigate in India. “If the British Government wanted to know anything about it, they could ask the Government of India to give a report about it, then how true it is and what is its validity and what accuracy that report can have.” If there is a report that is open to question,” he said.

7. India’s former ambassador to the Netherlands, Bhaswati Mukherjee, said the BBC was trying to interfere in India’s internal affairs. Former Ambassador to Bangladesh Veena Sikri told ANI that there is no factual reporting in the documentary.

8. A group of 302 former judges, former bureaucrats and veterans signed a statement condemning the documentary. “We cannot allow anyone to quarrel with their deliberate bias, their empty reasoning,” the statement said.

9. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs termed this documentary as a ‘propaganda piece’.

10. The BBC defended the documentary and said it was rigorously researched to the highest editorial standards.

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