America changed its statement in 24 hours
The US State Department has termed India’s ban on BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a matter of press freedom and the US has said that this is the right time to highlight the importance of democratic principles like freedom of expression to the whole world. And the same applies in India as well. US State Department spokesman Ned Price underlined at a regular press briefing on Wednesday that Washington supports a free press around the world, and that highlighting democratic principles such as freedom of expression is of utmost importance.
Why did the attitude of America change?
Responding to a question during the daily media briefing, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, ‘We support the importance of press freedom around the world. We consistently highlight democratic principles, including freedom of expression, the freedom to choose one’s religious beliefs, and the strengthening of human rights, which underpin our democracy. It is a point from which we build our relationships across the world. That’s certainly a point that we’ve taken up with India as well.” The new US statement is a bit surprising, because just 48 hours earlier, during the daily press briefing, Ned Price had said that we What this documentary doesn’t go into is the many elements that underpin America’s global strategic partnership with India, which includes political, economic and people-to-people ties of extraordinary depth.
What did America say earlier?
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price had earlier, while answering a question from a Pakistani journalist, described India’s democracy as vibrant and said, “We look at everything that binds us together, and we We look forward to strengthening all the elements that bind us together.” Along with this, he also underlined the diplomatic relations between America and India. At the same time, he emphasized the fact that the partnership that the US shares with India runs exceptionally deep and that the two nations share values that are common to American democracy and Indian democracy. He had said, “I don’t know the documentary that you are talking about, but I would say broadly, that there are many elements that underpin the global strategic partnership, that our Indian partners is together.”
Britain had defended PM Modi
Last week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi and distanced himself from the BBC documentary series. UK PM Rishi Sunak had said in the country’s Parliament that he did not agree with the characterization of his Indian counterpart. Sunak made these comments on the controversial documentary raised by Pakistan-origin MP Imran Hussain in the British Parliament. The UK’s national broadcaster BBC aired a two-part series attacking PM Narendra Modi’s tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Which has been banned in India, while YouTube in India has also been asked to remove the BBC documentary. At the same time, India’s opposition is attacking the Modi government for banning the BBC documentary.