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The Indian government’s decision to ban a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, which left more than a thousand people dead, has become its own story.
It has drawn global attention to Modi’s record in office and the subsequent decline of media freedom in the world’s largest democracy.
Maya Mirchandani – Journalist, The Wire
Mitali Saran – Writer and columnist
Shruti Kapila – Professor of Indian history and global political thought, University of Cambridge
Sanjay Kapoor – Editor, HardNews Magazine
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Investigations by Open Democracy and the Financial Times have uncovered how libel lawyers in London helped Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group and one of Vladimir Putin’s key allies, to go after his critics, including journalists, notably Eliot Higgins, in the British courts. Producer Tariq Nafi talks us through the findings.
Striking Back: United Kingdom’s unions vs the media:
With the United Kingdom in a state of political disarray, a wave of work stoppages has put trade unions, and the media’s treatment of them, into the spotlight. One particular union leader, Mick Lynch, has flipped the script, putting journalists on the defensive for their habitual anti-union approach. Daniel Turi reports on the coverage of labour issues in the British media.
Aditya Chakrabortty – Senior economics commentator, The Guardian
Julia Langdon – Former political editor, The Sunday Telegraph; former political editor, The Daily Mirror; chairwoman, British Journalism Review
Nicholas Jones – Former industrial correspondent, BBC
Mick Lynch – General secretary, RMT Union
Why India banned the BBC’s Modi documentary | https://bit.ly/4086xMr | The irony is that the person not taking risks feels the same amount of fear as the person who regularly takes risks ~ Peter McWilliams
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