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India censors BBC documentary showing dark side of prime minister

Alleging “hostile propaganda and anti-India rubbish”, the Indian government censored a BBC documentary in which the British broadcaster shows the beginning of the political career of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

The documentary addresses the role played by Modi, when he was still governor of the state of Gujarat, in 2002, during a wave of violence that resulted in the deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus.

, India censors BBC documentary showing dark side of prime minister
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (Photo internet reproduction)

“Videos sharing hostile propaganda and BBC anti-India rubbish masquerading as a ‘documentary’ on Youtube and tweets sharing links to the BBC documentary have been blocked by India’s sovereign laws and rules,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Kanchan Gupta, when announcing the censorship by Twitter.

For Gupta, the documentary is a reflection of the “colonial mentality” of the broadcaster and “lacks objectivity”.

The mendacious series produced by UK’s state-owned, state-funded public broadcaster @BBCWorld has been determined to be a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and reflects BBC’s colonial mindset. A statement was issued in this regard by @MEAIndia
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— Kanchan Gupta  (@KanchanGupta) January 21, 2023

With information from Brasil Sem Medo

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