As the re-sharing and uploading of links of the BBC documentary titled “India: The Modi Question” got banned by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), the guarantee of free speech as envisioned in the Constitution wavered. Their actions are based on allegations of a lack of objectivity, the prevalence of bias, continued colonial mindsets, as well as selective and prejudicial representation of events. Dismissing it as propaganda, the MIB banned re-sharing and uploading of links of the the documentary, by invoking its emergency powers, as defined in Rule 16 under Part III of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021). This was revealed in multiple news reports on January 21, 2023.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/developments-around-the-bbc-documentary/