Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday questioned the independence of journalism of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The BBC has suspended former football player and popular anchor Gary Lineker for criticizing the UK government’s immigration policies on social media and banned a documentary from airing because of “fear of a right-wing backlash”. Thakur said this while reacting to this development.
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Anurag Thakur targeted BBC while sharing two news of suspending the linerunner. He tweeted, “Interesting to see the BBC suspending its star anchor for her social media activity, making tall claims about the impartiality and independence of journalism. Another interesting point is that the BBC has suspended the telecast of the documentary fearing to offend a section of the society.
He said, “Creating fake discourse and ethical journalism are inherently contradictory. People who indulge in propaganda through fabricated facts clearly cannot be expected to stand up for moral sense or journalistic freedom.” It is notable that in January this year, the government banned the BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots, ‘The While banning ‘Modi Question’, it was termed as a propaganda gimmick. Last month, the Income Tax Department conducted a survey at BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai. Taking an attacking stand on the BBC, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed it as the ‘most corrupt’. At the same time, BBC was accused of doing ‘venomous’ propaganda against India.
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