‘BBC can’t claim legal right to broadcast in India,’ says Rajeev Chandrasekhar; Twitter says no ‘Right to Propaganda’

New Delhi: India’s Union Minister of State for Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Monday said no foreign platform has “right” to broadcast in any country and “it is solely on the government and the laid down norms/guidelines.” He was reacting to a tweet by former Indian foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, who said, “If government can’t have discretion to ban a foreign film maligning PM (Modi) without SC intervening in public interest where are we headed.” He further highlighted that European democracies have banned all Russian channels. “Their courts don’t seem to be hearing such petitions claiming right to access foreign propaganda,” Sibal said. This is absolutely spot on. No foreign platform has “right” to be broadcast in any country. It depends solely on the govt and the laid down norms/guidelines – where do courts come in?

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