The Sunday Review
Indian Tax authorities The ruins were robbed BBC’s offices New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities on Tuesday, Weeks after A country was banned documentary From the British broadcaster, that was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role in deadly riots more than 20 years ago.
BBC News broadcasts claimed that the people were not allowed to enter and leave the premises. offices.
Raids are on the horizon after The Indian The government claimed that it used “emergency powers” To block documentary The order was not allowed to air in the country.
The move polarized reaction in the world’s largest democracy. Critics criticized it as an attack on press freedom. Modi’s supporters rallied to his defense.
BBC The Sunday Review received confirmation from a spokesperson that the organisation was “fully cooperating” With authorities. “We hope to have this situation resolved as soon as possible,” The spokesperson stated.
Two-part documentary “India: The Modi Question” Criticized the former chief minister of The western state of Gujarat in 2002 when riots broke out between the state’s majority Hindus and minority Muslims. It was broadcast The UK, January.
According to government statistics, over 1,000 victims, mostly Muslims were killed and more than 220 others went missing. According to official statistics, nearly 1000 women lost their husbands and 600 kids were orphaned.
Modi His ruling Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in India during 2014 riding on an unprecedented wave of Hindu nationalism is a feature of the country of 1.33 billion where almost 80% of The faith is a common belief.
The BBC Jack Straw (British foreign secretary 2002, featured in documentaryYou can also claim that Modi Had “played a proactive part in pulling back the police and in tacitly encouraging the Hindu extremists.”
Modi He has refuted allegations that he did not stop violence. A special investigation team appointed by India’s Supreme Court in 2012 found no evidence to suggest he was to blame.
The riots, however, remain one. of the darkest chapters in India’s post-independence history, with some victims still awaiting justice.
Some university students from Delhi tried to view the film banned on campus, but were stopped by police. This raises concerns about freedoms being taken away. Modi’s government.
Gaurav Bhatia, spokesperson for BJP, stated Tuesday that companies must be transparent to all stakeholders, media agencies included, at a press conference. “follow and respect Indian law.”
“Anyone, any agency, whether tied to the media, a company, if they are working in India, they must follow and respect Indian law. If they follow the law, then why should they be scared or worried? Let the Income Department do its job,” He said.
India is a country that “gives an opportunity to every organization” They will be there as long as you need them “willing to abide” by the country’s constitution, Bhatia added.
Fears were raised by the raids of India is subject to censorship
In statement Tuesday, the Editor’s Guild of India claimed it was “deeply concerned” The development.
Raids took place. “continuation of a trend of using government agencies to intimidate and harass press organisations that are critical of government policies or the ruling establishment,” You said it. “This is a trend that undermines constitutional democracy.”
These were examples from the statement of Similar searches were conducted at offices of Numerous English-language news outlets include NewsClick, Newslaundry and NewsClick. There are also Hindi-language media organisations like Dainik Bhaskar or Bharat Sachar.
“The Guild demands that great care and sensitivity be shown in all such investigations so as to not undermine the rights of journalists and media organisations,” You said it.