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Here’s Why BBC’s Documentary On Modi Was Taken Down From YouTube

The BBC told us that it was an unauthorised, “illegal” upload of their content, whereas the government dismissed it as “propaganda”

Update (24th January, 2023, 12:15 pm): The Indian government has now admitted that it was also behind censoring the BBC documentary. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) had issued directions to block multiple videos of the documentary uploaded on YouTube by third parties. Such blocking directions were also issued for over 50 tweets which had links to videos about the documentary as well. Both YouTube and Twitter have complied with the directions, Kanchan Gupta of the MIB said. Now it is clear that both, the BBC and the Indian government do not want the documentary to be shared on social media platforms.  Original story published on January 19, 2023 at 6:17 pm:  A BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership during the 2002 Godhra riots was removed from YouTube this Wednesday, Scroll reported. This news was published on Free Press Journal as well and even shared by Twitter users. However, these reports did not give information on when and where the documentary was uploaded, before being removed. A BBC spokesperson told Medianama, “The documentary on YouTube was not uploaded by the BBC. As is standard practice, we follow procedure to have illegal uploads of any BBC content removed.” From the BBC's comments, it seems likely that the documentary was taken down because it was uploaded by some other users on YouTube without the BBC's permission. The first part of the documentary was released on Tuesday (17th January 2023) and is available to watch in the United Kingdom. The second part is set to release this coming Tuesday.…

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