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'Ban BBC' boards hang on the gate of BBC's office in Delhi BBC

'Ban BBC' boards hang on the gate of BBC's office in Delhi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Jan 2023, 05:06 pm

New Delhi: The workers of the Hindu Sena have put up ‘Ban BBC’ boards on the gate of the news organisation BBC’s office in Delhi amid a row over its documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots, media reports said.

The two-part BBC series on Gujarat riots—The Modi Question—created a row. The documentary claimed that it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of that state.

The Centre blocked Twitter and YouTube links sharing the BBC Documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day after External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the two-part docu-series was a 'propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative'.

According to an India Today report, Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta said, "BBC is a threat to the unity and integrity of the country. BBC should be banned immediately."

This is not the first time the BBC has been criticised for its reporting in India.

Even in the past, Indira Gandhi had banned the BBC but the ban was later lifted, he added, the report said.

The BBC was banned during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975.