‘We support the importance of a free press around the world’, US reacts to documentary

US on BBC Documentary: The controversy over the BBC documentary made on Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (PM Modi) has deepened. After the Center ordered YouTube to take a copy of the BBC documentary on PM Modi and asked Twitter to remove posts related to the film, now America’s reaction has come. The US said it supports the importance of a free press around the world. 

Describing India’s ban on BBC documentary on PM Modi as a matter of press freedom, the US State Department said it is the right time to highlight the importance of democratic principles like freedom of expression.

America’s reaction to the BBC documentary

US State Department spokesman Ned Price mentioned in a regular briefing on Wednesday (January 25) that Washington supports free press around the world. In response to a question from the media, Price said, "We support the importance of a free press around the world. To strengthen democracy, we will continue to highlight the importance of democratic principles such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, which contribute to human rights."

What did the US State Department say first?

Earlier a US State Department spokesperson had said that the US was not aware of the BBC documentary, but was fully aware of the shared democratic values ​​that bind Washington and New Delhi. ; A new series has been prepared in two parts titled. BBC claims that this series explores different aspects of the 2002 riots in Gujarat. During the Gujarat riots,  Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference on Monday (January 23) in response to a Pakistani journalist’s question that the US has an ‘extraordinarily deep partnership’ with New Delhi based on the values ​​that the US and India share. Both are equal for democracy.

India calls the documentary part of propaganda

Earlier UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak PM Narendra Modi (PM Modi) was defended, although distanced himself from the BBC documentary series. Explain that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has described this two-part documentary as ‘a part of propaganda’ terming it as a clear reflection of bias, lack of objectivity and colonial mindset.

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