The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Center on a plea seeking direction to the Central Government to stop censoring the BBC documentary related to the 2002 Gujarat riots, and has sought a response from the Center within three weeks.
Let us tell you that the documentary has been banned on social media and online channels, but some students have screened it in different university campuses across the country. Sharma’s petition argued that the BBC documentary depicted the actual facts along with the original recordings of the victims of the 2002 riots as well as other concerned persons involved in the scene of the riots and could be used for judicial justice.
Journalist N. Ram, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra, and advocate Prashant Bhushan have filed a separate petition against the removal of their tweets with a link to the documentary, said the petition filed by Ram and others – content of the BBC documentary and petitioner No. 2 ( Bhushan) and 3 (Moitra)’s tweets are protected under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. The contents of the documentary are not covered under any of the restrictions specified under section 19(2) or restrictions imposed under section 69A of the IT Act, 2000.