When A Pakistani Journalist Asks US Official On BBC Raid In India
Income Tax ‘survey’ raids at BBC offices continue for 3rd day. A Pakistani journalist questioned the US State Department official regarding this operation.
A Pakistani journalist was redirected by the United States to “refer to the Government of India” in order to obtain information on the “investigation” the income tax department carried out at the Delhi office and Mumbai studio of the BBC.
The US “supports the value of free press around the world,” the spokesperson for the US State Department stated in response to a journalist from Pakistan.
“We are aware that the BBC offices in Delhi have been searched… We keep emphasizing how important freedom of speech and freedom of religion or belief are.
Ned Price, the spokeswoman, described them as human rights that “contribute to the advancement of democracy here in this country, in India, and in our partner democracies throughout the world.”
The US official was replying to a query about “raiding” the BBC offices from Jahanzaib Ali of the Pakistani news network ARY News in Washington, DC.
Price was repeating his former claim that the US is unable to “give a judgment” in this situation.
According to Price, India is the world’s largest and most powerful democracy. We seek to strengthen all of the connections that bind us together by looking at everything that binds us together.
As two strong, dynamic democracies, the United States and India are connected by a set of shared ideals, he continued.
The Pakistani reporter inquired about the reaction of the US State Department, but Ned Price tried to avoid the controversy by replying unclearly.
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The I-T division conducted a survey operation at the BBC premises to investigate a possible tax fraud case. The government officials claimed that despite prior notices, BBC remained “defiant and non-compliant.”