ED files FEMA case against BBC: It is no secret that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the national broadcaster of the United Kingdom, is the epitome of sinister propaganda. The BBC considers itself a champion of civil liberties and the forerunner of media fraternity across the world. Its imperial mindset is reflected in all of its reporting and works. The so-called media firm, and apparently a propaganda machine, the BBC, becomes uncomfortable when there is anything good happening around India. It is unable to digest the fact that India has become a way better country than its former colonisers. The malicious way of working and monetary foul play have now landed it in the clutches of the same India.
After IT, ED takes on BBC
As per the reports, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has lodged a case against BBC India under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) for an alleged foreign exchange violation. According to officials, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has questioned six employees, including one of the directors of BBC India, since the case was registered two weeks ago.
The ED has requested documents and statements from some company executives under the provisions of the FEMA as part of an investigation into potential foreign direct investment (FDI) violations by the company. The investigation is ongoing, and another employee of the BBC was called in for questioning yesterday.
Notably, the Income-Tax Department also conducted surveys at BBC’s New Delhi and Mumbai premises in February, alleging “non-compliance” with transfer pricing rules and significant diversion of profits. These surveys, which take place only at business premises, are usually a precursor to a search and seizure operation. During the surveys, officials examined the books of accounts, bank accounts, cash, stock, and non-valuable documents.
The focus of the surveys was to investigate whether BBC had manipulated prices for unauthorised benefits, including tax advantages, and was deliberately non-compliant with transfer pricing rules. The department also claimed that BBC had deliberately diverted a significant amount of profits and did not follow the arm’s length arrangement in the allocation of profit.
Past record of BBC tax subversion
It is not the first time that the BBC’s illegal financial activities are exposed. During his tenure as the BBC’s head of employee tax, David Smith admitted that the company had awarded around 25,000 contracts to nearly 1500 workers in a freelance capacity, outside the official records. However, he maintained that the organisation was in compliance with the legal requirements.
Indian law enforcement authorities have revealed BBC’s profit-diversion activities and deliberate violations of Transfer Pricing Rules. The illicit finance dealing is more suspicious in India, as the BBC had earlier released a contentious propaganda documentary against PM Modi, which has led to calls for its ban due to its consistent promotion of anti-India sentiments.
Malicious anti-India propaganda
During the hunt for Amritpal, a Khalistani terrorist, BBC Punjabi was also banned, as the network has promoted anti-India activities and radical elements. Its terrorist sympathy was clearly visible when in the UK it released another documentary of Shamima Begum, the Jihadi Bride. This led to resentment among people in the UK, who threatened the BBC with giving up their subscription.
The BBC is facing charges because of its filthy journalism and imperialist habit of undermining the rule of law. It is interesting that when ED has registered a case on the BBC, an interview of Elon Musk with a BBC journalist became a sensation on the internet. The interview shows how this propaganda machine manipulates facts and carries them forward by posing them as questions.
In the interview, a BBC journalist questioned Musk about the rise of hate speech on Twitter. To this, Musk replied, “What hate speech are you talking about? I mean, you use Twitter. Do you see a rise in hate speech? Just a personal anecdote? I don’t.
Moreover, Musk asked him to give at least a single example of hate speech on Twitter, to which the journalist started fumbling and was unable to answer anything concrete. Clearly, because it was just a manipulative question that has no base, just an intention to sell propaganda against Twitter.
When the journalist tried to dodge the situation, he requested Musk to move forward to another question. But Musk interrupted him again and said, “Hang on a second, you said you have seen more hateful content, but you can’t name a single example, not even one?”
Musk went forward to say, “You just lied!” to the journalist.
In another question, a journalist asked Musk about Twitter’s banning of a BBC documentary on PM Modi, to which Musk sincerely replied that whatever the rules, strict or lenient, Twitter always follows them as the company believes in the rule of law.
Rule of law should be followed
This was a tight slap on the BBC’s face, which never gave a damn about the law. What it thinks is right, it propagates. And if the law is violated by that propagation, it is the law that is blamed. Wow BBC! You just nailed it by becoming the British Misinformation Corporation.
Musk actually set an example of how firms should follow the rule of law while operating in any country. Companies like Facebook and Google, among others, have been at the forefront regarding the legal policies. They have time and again opposed the policies of the government of India, be it on privacy or market capturing.
In line with that, Google was fined Rs.936 crores last year. The Competition Commission of India asked Google to “cease and desist” from practising policies that give it power to abuse its dominant position in running the Play Store.
So when Twitter, which is the most widely used social media platform, can follow the rule of law, what is the big deal with BBC? Actually the problem is that the BBC wants to sabotage the Indian media perspective. It just wants to subdue Indian minds. It wants them to see what the BBC wants them to see, listen to what the BBC wants them to listen to.
Hopefully, Indian governance and administration is following the strict rule of law, when the BBC is concerned.
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