The central authorities has issued instructions for blocking a number of YouTube movies and Twitter posts sharing hyperlinks to the BBC documentary ‘India: The Modi Query’, sources stated.
The instructions had been reportedly issued by Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Info and Broadcasting on Friday utilizing the emergency powers beneath the IT Guidelines, 2021.
Sources stated senior officers of a number of ministries, together with exterior affairs, residence affairs, and data and broadcasting, examined the documentary and located it to be an try to forged aspersions on the authority and credibility of the Supreme Courtroom, sow divisions amongst numerous Indian communities, and make unsubstantiated allegations relating to actions of international governments in India.
They stated the documentary was discovered to be undermining the sovereignty and integrity of India, and having the potential to adversely influence pleasant relations with international states as additionally public order inside the nation.
Orders have additionally been issued to Twitter for blocking of over 50 tweets containing hyperlinks of the YouTube movies involved, they stated, including that social media platforms have complied with the instructions.
Earlier, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs had described the BBC documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and mirrored a colonial mindset.
The 2-part BBC documentary claims it investigated sure facets referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.
“Let me simply make it very clear that we predict it is a propaganda piece designed to push a selected discredited narrative. The bias, the shortage of objectivity, and albeit a unbroken colonial mindset, are blatantly seen,” Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi had stated on Thursday responding to questions on the documentary.
On feedback made by former British International Secretary Jack Straw on the riots, Bagchi stated he appeared to be referring to some inner report of the U.Ok. authorities.
“How do I’ve entry to that? It’s a 20-year-old report. Why would I simply bounce on it now? Simply because Jack Straw says it, how do they lend it that a lot legitimacy?”