BBC ‘waging information war’ against India: Russia on Modi documentary

Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. [Photo: Wikimedia]

Russia has accused the BBC of “waging an information war” on different fronts— not only against Moscow, but also against other global centres of power pursuing an independent policy, days after the British broadcaster released a documentary on Modi.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the remarks on Friday when asked about the BBC’s controversial documentary.

“Our Indian friends have already made a comment on this situation. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that it is yet another evidence of the BBC waging an information war on different fronts – not only against Russia, but also against other global centers of power pursuing an independent policy,” Zakharova told reporters, as per PTI.

After a certain number of years, it turns out that the BBC is fighting even within the British establishment, being an instrument of the interests of some groups against others, she said.

“It should be treated accordingly. The BBC is not an independent television and radio corporation, but a dependent one, often neglecting the basic requirements of the journalism profession,” she added.

The BBC has defended the programme as “rigorously researched according to the highest editorial standards”.

Pertinently, on 28 February 2002, Hindu mobs who were part of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), unleashed massive violence against Muslims in Gujarat that went on for weeks killing thousands of Muslims.

About 3,000 Muslims were killed. Some 20,000 Muslim homes and businesses and 360 places of worship were destroyed, and roughly 150,000 people were displaced.

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