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US on India banning BBC documentary on PM Modi: “We endorse value of free press around the world.”

The United States expressed concern over India’s decision to ban a documentary on Prime Minister Modi, saying the country had a free and fair media system, which is one of the pillars of democracy.

The United States on Thursday condemned the ban on India’s public broadcaster by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing the move as a “violation of press freedom”.

“We support the importance of free press around the world. We stand with countries like India and all other nations who fight for their right to have access to information and debate, which is central to a functioning democracy.”

“We believe that free and independent media are essential for a functioning democracy and we support the importance of what has been an important element of reporting from India in recent months, including on human rights and freedom of expression,” US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.