UK Defends BBC Independence, Says “Investing Closely” In Ties With India

UK Defends BBC Independence, Says 'Investing Heavily' In Ties With India


The UK authorities has defended the BBC as a media outlet “unbiased in its output” within the wake of widespread Indian expats protests towards the controversial documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing reporters at Downing Road on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson echoed an announcement issued by International Secretary James Cleverly in Parliament earlier this week so as to add that the federal government continues to spend money on its relationship with India.

“The BBC is unbiased in its output and we’d stress that we proceed to treat India as an extremely essential worldwide associate,” the spokesperson stated in response to a query about India’s condemnation of the documentary ‘India: The Modi Query’ questioning the then chief minister’s function within the 2002 Godhra riots.

“We might be investing closely in our relationship with India over the approaching a long time and we’re assured it would solely go from power to power,” the spokesperson stated.

It adopted an analogous response by Cleverly within the Home of Commons on Tuesday, when he responded to a query from a Conservative Social gathering colleague on the assurances the UK authorities had given to India within the wake of coordinated expats protests towards the BBC over the weekend.

“I lately had the chance to talk to the Indian Excessive Commissioner, Vikram Doraiswami, on this and a lot of different points,” the international minister informed MPs.

“We recognise how this portrayal of the Indian authorities has performed out in India. I made it clear that the BBC is unbiased in its output, that the UK regards India as an extremely essential worldwide associate and that we are going to be investing closely in that relationship within the coming a long time,” he stated.

The minister was responding to a query by Tory MP Bob Blackman, chair of the All Social gathering Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Hindus, who termed the documentary as “anti-India propaganda” and requested concerning the steps taken to “reassure our Commonwealth associate that this propaganda isn’t the coverage of this authorities”.

Cleverly met Doraiswami in the course of the India World Discussion board’s UK-India Parliamentary Lunch final week and addressed the gathering of parliamentarians and enterprise leaders on strengthening bilateral ties throughout all spheres.

“On commerce, we’re properly into the negotiations of what has all of the hallmarks of being a real international commonplace bilateral commerce relationship, as a result of we now have this glorious bilateral relationship which I like to think about as distinctive,” he stated on the time.

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