The centre has ordered Twitter and YouTube to take down hyperlinks of a BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, individuals with direct information of the matter have stated.
Tweets and YouTube movies of the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question” now not seem on the microblogging and video-sharing web sites.
The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry informed the 2 social media giants to dam the primary episode of the BBC documentary, individuals aware of the matter stated, a day after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak distanced himself from the documentary series, saying he “would not agree with the characterisation” of his Indian counterpart within the UK’s parliament by Pakistan-origin MP Imran Hussain.
The ministry informed Twitter to take away over 50 tweets on the documentary by Britain’s nationwide broadcaster, the individuals stated.
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien was amongst some opposition leaders whose tweet on the documentary was eliminated by Twitter.
“Censorship. Twitter has taken down my tweet of the BBC documentary. It obtained lakhs of views. The one-hour BBC documentary exposes how PM hates minorities,” Mr O’Brien alleged.
The I&B Ministry gave the order to take down the hyperlinks utilizing emergency powers underneath the Information Technology Rules, 2021, and each YouTube and Twitter have agreed to comply with the order, individuals with information of the matter stated.
India has known as the documentary a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and displays a colonial mindset.
The centre has additionally informed YouTube and Twitter to take down recent hyperlinks of the documentary if some individuals add or tweet them once more, sources stated.
Officials of a number of ministries together with residence and overseas, aside from I&B, have examined the documentary carefully and located it to be an try to solid aspersions on the authority and credibility of the Supreme Court, sow divisions amongst communities in India and make unsubstantiated allegations on actions of overseas governments in India, individuals with direct information of the matter stated.
A Supreme Court-appointed investigation had discovered no proof of wrongdoing by PM Modi, who was Chief Minister of Gujarat when the riots broke out in February 2002.
Yesterday, whereas shutting down the Pakistan-origin MP who raised the documentary within the British parliament, Prime Minister Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, stated, “The UK authorities’s place on this has been clear and long-standing and hasn’t modified, after all, we do not tolerate persecution the place it seems wherever however I’m not certain I agree in any respect with the characterization that the honourable gentleman has put ahead to.”