David responded by saying, ‘We stand for the BBC. We fund the BBC. We think the BBC World Service is very important. We want the BBC to have editorial independence. He criticizes us, he criticizes the Labor Party. It has that freedom which according to us is very important.’ He said that freedom is very important and we want to tell our friends around the world, including the Government of India, about its importance.
Britain raised questions on the survey
Conservative MP Julian Lewis and Labor MP Fabian Hamilton said the developments were ‘extremely worrying’. In a democracy, Hamilton said, the media should have the ability to criticize political leaders “without fear of consequences”. It clearly applies in this situation. Jim Shannon said, “To put it plainly, this was a deliberate act of intimidation following a documentary about the nation’s leader.”
Controversial BBC documentary
Recently, BBC had released a documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots which created a huge controversy. It was strongly opposed not only in India but also in Britain. India had described the BBC documentary as ‘part of propaganda’. British PM Rishi Sunak also disagreed on this. David said the UK and India have a ‘strong’ relationship. He said that the British government is closely monitoring the entire development.