The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a case against BBC Office in India under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA.) The chargesheet has been filed of tax evasion and other financial irregularities on the side of the BBC. As per sources, after the recent raid and IT Survey at the BBC, the Income Tax department found lapses and irregularities, leading to a case against the BBC office in India.
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Income Tax (IT) raids at the BBC offices in Mumbai and Delhi, entered the third day on February 16. Notably, the IT officials conducted surveys at BBC offices amid allegations of tax evasion, following which employees spent two nights at the office, cooperating with the IT officials during the searches. Moreover, the IT raids are being criticised as it started after BBC's controversial documentary on PM Modi.
The Supreme Court (SC) on January 30, agreed to hear the plea challenging the ban on the BBC documentary on PM Modi. Advocate ML Sharma has filed the petition calling the ban on 'India: The Modi Question' malafide, arbitrary and unconstitutional. Taking note of the filed pleas, the SC bench listed the matter on February 6. Notably, Central Government directed to ban of the controversial documentary in India.
The BBC apologized to viewers on May 24 when the headline "Manchester United are rubbish" flashed on their ticker during a television news show. During coverage of the French Open tennis event, the headline was displayed at the bottom of the screen. Annita McVeigh, a BBC presenter, later apologized on the live show, explaining that the headline was made when somebody was learning how to operate the ticker.
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The Taliban on March 29, arrested three journalists and closed a radio station for reasons unknown. As per local media, Taliban intelligence stormed into the voice of the nation radio station in Kandahar and "captured" all the journalists. "My son is neither a criminal not a gunman. He is an ordinary person, and a journalist," said mother of a journalist who got arrested.
Amid new "fake news" law, news media houses like BBC and CNN, suspended reporting from Russia. Notably, on March 4, Russia declared "fake news" law, preventing false news. Under the law, one would be announced 15 years imprisonment for covering "fake news" in the nation, especially amid the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war. Earlier, Russia cut off Facebook and Twitter, which were allegedly spreading misguided and false news regarding the invasion… read-more
Former BBC Journalist Martin Bashir apologised to Princess Diana's sons Prince William and Harry as issue of his controversial 1995 interview with Princess Diana has surfaced again. In his statement, Bashir said, "I never wanted to harm Diana in any way", while calling his association with Diana's mysterious death "unreasonable". Reports suggest that Bashir had tricked Diana into the interview where she revealed her flawed marriage and fear… read-more
Prince William and Harry have condemned the “deceit” that lay behind their late mother Princess Diana’s famous 1995 BBC interview in which she first spoke about her troubled marriage to their father, Prince Charles. In separate statements, following an independent inquiry’s conclusion that the BBC "fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark", her sons blamed the controversial 1995 interview for her… read-more
Indian chess prodigy in rapid format, Koneru Humpy won the second edition of the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award on March 8. The nominees included wrestler Vinesh Phogat, sprinter Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker and Indian hockey team skipper Rani Rampal. Winning the award, Humpy said, "I hope, the game will draw people's attention." Athlete Anju Bobby George and Manu Bhaker won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Emerging Player of… read-more
BBC Asian Network faced a social outrage on Twitter after audio from its show 'Big debate' went viral for making racists remarks against Sikhs and UK-based Indians. Reportedly, a caller also made offensive remarks against PM Narendra Modi's mother. While the host tried to divert the conversation, the remarks had already ignited anger in the netizens and pro-BJP people. Notably, with 80,000+ tweets, #BoycottBBC was top trending on Twitter on… read-more
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