US Statement On BBC Documentary: America’s statement has come once again regarding the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Actually, the BBC documentary made on PM Modi has been banned in India. Regarding this, the US State Department has said that we fully support the freedom of the media. He said that it is high time to highlight the importance of democratic principles like freedom of expression and establish it across the world as well as in India.
This statement of US State Department spokesperson Ned Price has come in the wake of the controversy over the recent BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a briefing on Wednesday, the US State Department said Washington supports a free press around the world and that it is extremely important to uphold democratic principles such as freedom of expression.
Asked whether the ban on the BBC documentary was a matter of freedom of the press or freedom of speech, Price said, “We support the importance of a free press around the world.” Earlier, on the question asked by Ned Price about the documentary, he had said that he had no information in this regard and he did not want to comment on it.
British Prime Minister’s statement came last week
Last week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said on the controversy over BBC documentary series that he did not agree with the characterization done in the documentary about PM Modi.
The BBC’s two-part series on PM Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat (during the 2002 riots) mired in controversy. This series has been removed from the social media platform by the Government of India. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs responded to the BBC story, claiming that it was completely biased.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said that we think it is a propaganda material. There is no objectivity in this. It’s biased. It has not been screened in India. We do not want to answer further on this.