Under which IT rules BBC documentary on PM Modi has been blocked? Learn about emergency powers – न्यूज़लीड India

Under which IT rules BBC documentary on PM Modi has been blocked? Learn about emergency powers

Under which IT rules BBC documentary on PM Modi has been blocked?  Learn about emergency powers


Action under IT Rules, 2021

The controversial BBC documentary against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was termed as ‘part of propaganda’ by the Ministry of External Affairs. All-round reactions were being seen against ‘India: The Modi Question’. Meanwhile, there are reports that the central government has issued instructions to block BBC’s controversy documentary on YouTube and Twitter. According to the report of news18.com, it is believed that the instructions to block this controversial documentary have been used by Apoorva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, under the IT Rules of 2021, emergency powers have been used.

What are Emergency Powers under IT Rules?

What are Emergency Powers under IT Rules?

As per Rule 16 of the IT Rules, 2021, formerly known as the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021; In that it is referred to as the government’s power to ‘block information in case of emergency’. Broadly, the rule says, ‘In case of emergency nature, the Ministry of Information and Technology may, if it is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient to prevent access by the general public to any information or part thereof through any computer resource. and justifies, may consider issuing such guidelines as an interim measure, without even giving an opportunity of being heard.’ It has been said in the report that such orders can be issued for many reasons including national security, law and order.

What do the government and experts have to say on the BBC documentary?

What do the government and experts have to say on the BBC documentary?

News agency PTI has quoted sources as saying that senior officials of several ministries, including those from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, have examined the documentary. They have found that it seeks to question the power and credibility of the Supreme Court, attempts to sow seeds of division among various Indian communities. While parties like Congress and TMC have tried to term the Modi government’s action as ‘censorship’, over 300 retired judges, former bureaucrats and veterans of the armed forces have hailed the BBC documentary ‘A Leader of Our Country, an Indian and a Patriot’. of presenting a litany of motivated allegations against him’ and of acting with ‘incredible prejudice’.

'Part of the British divide and rule policy'

‘Part of the British divide and rule policy’

They say that through this once again the colonial mentality has been introduced, which is part of the divide and rule policy of the British rule, which had a policy of creating tension between Hindu-Muslims. The signatories to the statement issued against the BBC documentary include 13 former judges, 133 former civil servants including former diplomats and 156 retired military veterans. It states, ‘Based on what we have seen so far, we can say that this BBC series is based not only on, but also on misleading and frankly unbalanced reporting. Rather, it also questions the very basis of the 75-year-old structure of the nation’s existence as an independent and democratic country acting according to the will of the people of India. ,

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‘Undermines India’s sovereignty and integrity’

Talking to PTI about the action against the documentary, sources said it was found to undermine India’s sovereignty and integrity and adversely affect the country’s friendly relations with foreign states as well as public order within the nation. able to insert. Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said, ‘Let me make one thing clear that we think this is part of a propaganda, designed under a specific defamatory narrative. Prejudice, lack of objectivity and a colonized mindset are clearly visible. ,



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