India Orders YouTube and Twitter to Remove BBC Documentary on Modi’s Role During The 2002 Gujarat Riots

“Directions to block the clips from being shared have been issued using emergency powers”.

The Indian government instructed Twitter and YouTube to prevent the distribution of the BBC documentary India: The Modi Question. Multiple YouTube videos and related tweets have been ordered to be removed, and sharing clips from the documentary on social media is prohibited.

The two-part BBC documentary, which aired on January 17, 2023, focused on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his role in the horrific Gujarat riots of 2002.

Senior advisor at India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Kanchan Gupta tweeted on Saturday, “Directions to block the clips from being shared have been issued using emergency powers available to the government under the country’s information technology rules”.

The two-part documentary has certainly shook the Indian government because it provides an eye-opening look at Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu nationalist party’s involvement in the atrocities committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The two-part documentary has certainly shook the Indian government because it provides an eye-opening look at Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu nationalist party's involvement in the atrocities committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

 

India: The Modi Question follows Modi’s rise as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat during a period of communal riots that killed thousands of Muslims.

One brave tweep managed to share snippets of the documentary on Twitter.

The events had “all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing,” according to a UK report. Jack Straw, the UK’s foreign secretary at the time, was also interviewed and stated that allegations against Narendra Modi harmed his reputation. He stated,

These were serious allegations, alleging that Chief Minister Modi had played an active role in withdrawing police and tacitly encouraging Hindu extremists. That was an especially egregious example.

The documentary featured the UK report which claimed that there widespread rape of Muslim women, and that the riots’ main objective was to “purge Muslims from Hindu areas”.

Despite the Indian government’s efforts to block the controversial documentary, netizens continue to call out Narendra Modi’s atrocities on social media, with hashtags such as #BBCDocumentary and #GujaratRiots trending. The second part of the BBC documentary will air on January 24th.

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