YouTube told to remove BBC documentary on rape victim

BBC uploads the video after it broadcast the documentary on December 16 gangrape in Delhi

GN Bureau | March 5, 2015

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After issuing a ban on broadcast and sharing under IT act, the government has now asked video sharing website YouTube to remove the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape as it went viral. BBC, which released the documentary on Wednesday night in the UK, has uploaded it on the YouTube.

Communications and IT Ministry has told YouTube that the issue is very sensitive and it should review its position on the matter, and remove it from the website.

The video sharing site has not confirmed whether it has received a notification from the government, which is required to remove the content from its site. However, a YouTube spokesperson told media that "While we believe that access to information is the foundation of a free society and that services like YouTube help people express themselves and share different points of view, we continue to remove content that is illegal or violates our community guidelines, once notified."

BBC aired the documentary, containing the controversial interview of a convict in the December 16 gangrape despite the Home Ministry asking the news organisation not to do so.

A Delhi court in its order restrained airing or broadcasting the interview of the convict Mukesh Singh, which was conducted inside the Tihar jail here, till further orders. BBC on Thursday conveyed to the government that it has no plans to telecast the film in India in compliance with the directive. Delhi Police has also issued newspaper advertisements on the court order and asked public not to show the documentary.







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