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Mahua Moitra calls Centre ‘insecure’ on blocking PM Modi’s BBC documentary


Mahua Moitra of Trinamool Parliament called the Center ‘unsafe’ in blocking Prime Minister Modi’s BBC documentary.

In her tweet, Mahua Moitra wrote, “Government ready for war to make sure no one in India can watch a mere @BBC show. Shame on the emperor and the courtiers of democracy The biggest in the world is too insecure.”

Moitra went further and shared the archived link of the BBC documentary, saying it “has not been elected to represent the world’s largest democracy to accept censorship.”

BBC released a documentary called India: The Modi Question. The first episode of the documentary series aired on Tuesday and was removed from YouTube on Wednesday. The second part of the series is scheduled to be broadcast on January 24. The film is about the period of Narendra Modi as prime minister of Gujarat. According to the BBC, the documentary will examine “how Narendra Modi’s role as prime minister has been hampered by persistent accusations about his government’s attitude towards Muslims in India”.

This happened when the Center on January 21, directed officials to block many videos on YouTube and Twitter posts sharing a link to the BBC documentary “India: Question of Modi”, said sources cited by PTI news agency. .

Talking to PTI, sources also said that the documentary was also found to be undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, and potentially adversely affecting friendly relations with other countries. abroad as well as public order in the country.

Before that, TMC MP Derek O’Brien also claimed that Twitter had deleted his tweet on a BBC documentary claiming to “expose” Prime Minister Modi’s stance towards minorities. O’Brien called it “censorship” and shared a screenshot of an email from Twitter saying his message had been removed at the request of the Indian government for violating Indian law.

is one of many opposition leaders who have lashed out at the government amid reports that the central government has ordered YouTube and Twitter to take down posts related to the two-part BBC documentary. – “India: Question about Modi”.

Her party colleague and congressman Derek O’Brien earlier on Saturday accused censorship, saying that one of his tweets on the matter had been deleted.

Earlier on Thursday, India denounced the BBC’s controversial documentary series about the prime minister and described it as a “propaganda piece” designed to promote a discredited story.

While speaking at the weekly press conference, State Department Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: “This film or documentary is a reflection of the agency and individual who is upselling this story. We wonder about the purpose of this activity and the agenda behind it. To be honest, we don’t want to appreciate such efforts.”

A spokesperson for the MEA said the documentary reflects the BBC and the individuals who are selling the story. Parliament stated that Modi was still afraid of the truth about the 2002 riots being exposed and that “blocking” the documentary was “cowardly and undemocratic”.

(With input from agencies)

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