Govt blocks online links to ‘divisive’ BBC film


The federal government on Friday ordered the blocking of many YouTube videos and 50 tweets that shared the first episode of the BBC Film — “India: The Modi Question” — because senior officers from various ministries saw it as an attempt to “cast doubt” on the authority of the Supreme Court and make “unsubstantiated allegations” about international governments’ actions in India.

According to sources, senior officers from many ministries, including external affairs, residence, and knowledge and broadcasting, watched the documentary.

According to the report, I&B secretary Apurva Chandra then instructed YouTube and Twitter to remove the offensive videos and tweets that shared the hyperlinks by invoking the emergency powers under the IT Guidelines.

Rule 16 of the IT Guidelines, 2021 — formally known as the Data Know-how (Middleman Tips and Digital Media Ethics Code) Guidelines, 2021 — states that “in case of emergency nature, the secretary, ministry of knowledge and broadcasting may if he believes that it’s obligatory or expedient and justifiable for blocking for public entry of any data or half thereof using pc useful resource and… as an interim measure situation such instructions as

Both YouTube and Twitter appear to have followed the instructions.

In response to the officers who watched the documentary, the movie seen as a “try to forge aspersions on the authority and credibility of the Supreme Court docket of India, sow divisions amongst numerous Indian communities, and make unsubstantiated allegations relating to actions of international governments in India”.

“As a result, the documentary discovered to be undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, as well as having the potential to negatively impact India’s pleasant relations with international States as well as public order throughout the country,” a government source said.

Nonetheless, the federal government’s motion elicited a sharp response from the opposition events. Congress’ communications chief Jairam Ramesh stated orders to dam the BBC documentary amounted to “censorship”.

The documentary produced by British Broadcasting Company, UK’s public broadcaster, has earlier referred to by MEA as a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and displays a colonial mindset. Whereas it not made obtainable in India by BBC, some YouTube channels seem to have uploaded it.

It’s learned that YouTube additionally instructed to dam the video whether it once more uploaded on its platform. Twitter additionally directed to establish and block tweets containing the hyperlink to the video on different platforms.






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