Documentary controversy: Russia takes aim at BBC, says – another proof of information warfare
Russia accuses the BBC
Russia Said – BBC Launches Information War
New Delhi. Russia on Monday sharply criticized the BBC for its two-part documentary on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A huge controversy has been created in the country and abroad concerning this documentary. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the documentary was further evidence of the BBC’s information warfare. She said: “I would like to draw your attention to the fact that there is further evidence that the BBC is waging information warfare on different fronts – not only against Russia but also against other world centers with a policy independent”.
The spokesperson said the BBC often ignores the basic requirements of journalism. After a few years, we learn that the BBC is also fighting within the British establishment. It has become a puppet in the hands of certain groups to serve their interests. BBC should also be treated accordingly. In fact, the BBC is not an independent television and radio company, but a subsidiary, which often neglects the basic requirements of journalism.
The central government also criticized the documentary
The two-part documentary – ‘India: The Modi Question’ – claims it examined some aspects related to the Gujarat riots of 2002, when Prime Minister Modi was the chief minister of the state. The central government criticized the documentary, calling it a “piece of propaganda” that lacks objectivity and reflects a “colonial mindset”. The BBC defended the series, saying it had been “rigorously researched to the highest editorial standards”. On January 21, the government issued instructions to block several YouTube and Twitter posts sharing clips of the documentary, drawing heavy criticism from opposition parties.
UK Prime Minister Sunak disagrees with Modi’s portrayal in film
Recently, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came out in favor of Prime Minister Modi in the British Parliament, when he arrested Pakistani-born MP Imran Hussain for raising the subject of the documentary. Sunak said he “disagrees with the characterization” of PM Modi. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will next week hear petitions challenging the Center’s decision to block the documentary.
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FIRST POST: January 30, 2023, 11:35 PM IST