‘India: The Modi Question’ is a two-part documentary series by the BBC about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his relationship with the Muslim minority in India. The government has used the emergency provisions of IT Rules 2021 to take down the documentary from websites as well as social media posts with links or snippets of the documentary. Screenings of the documentary in universities around the country have been disrupted by university administration and police. There are two petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the blocking of the documentary by the government. In February, there was an Income Tax survey at the BBC office in Delhi in which employees’ phones were taken and laptops were scanned by the IT Department.
This is part 1 of a miniseries on The Suno India Show examining how the Centre is limiting public access to information with laws and amendments. For this episode about the blocking of the BBC documentary, host Suryatapa Mukherjee spoke to Tejasi Panjiar an Associate Policy Counsel at the Internet Freedom Foundation. IFF is an NGO that advocates for digital rights and liberties, dealing with online freedom, privacy, net neutrality, and innovation.
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