A BBC documentary investigating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots has created a media storm in India. Plus, the British press against the labor movement.
The Indian government’s decision to ban a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, in which more than a thousand people died, became a separate story.
It drew global attention to Modi’s performance in office and the subsequent decline in press freedom in the world’s largest democracy.
Maya Mirchandani – Journalist, The Wire
Mitali Saran – writer and columnist
Shruti Kapila – Professor of Indian History and Global Political Thought at the University of Cambridge
Sanjay Kapoor – Editor, HardNews Magazine
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Investigations by Open Democracy and the Financial Times have revealed how defamation lawyers in London helped Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of mercenary group Wagner and one of Vladimir Putin’s key allies, hunt down his critics, including journalists, in British courts. Producer Tariq Nafi tells us about the findings.
Striking back: UK unions against the media
While the UK is in a state of political disarray, a wave of work stoppages has put unions and the media’s treatment of them in the spotlight. One particular union leader, Mick Lynch, flipped the script, putting journalists on the defensive for their usual anti-union approach. Daniel Turi reports on the coverage of labor issues in the UK media.
Aditya Chakrabortty – Senior Economic Commentator, The Guardian
Julia Langdon – former political editor, The Sunday Telegraph; former political editor, The Daily Mirror; President, British Journalism Review
Nicholas Jones – Former Industry Correspondent, BBC
Mick Lynch – General Secretary, RMT Union